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Session: Teen Pregnancy Prevention In the U.S.: Current Challenges and Promising Approaches
5133.0: Wednesday, November 10, 2004: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Teen Pregnancy Prevention In the U.S.: Current Challenges and Promising Approaches
Despite a decline in the incidence of teen pregnancies in recent years, due to contraceptive use and delayed initiation of intercourse, the US still has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world. Thirty five percent of girls get pregnant at least once by the time they reach age 20, costing the country billions of dollars annually by some estimates, and leading to other detrimental effects on young mothers, their children, and society as a whole. In the current political climate, pregnancy prevention programs face funding constraints and ideological directives that impede optimal programming. Panelists in this session present information on a range of issues related to teen pregnancy prevention in the US. Qualitative and quantitative methods are used, including secondary analysis of NSFG national survey data. Topics presented include overall trends on contraceptive use among teens, attitudes and sexual behavior of very young adolescents (14 and under), the social environment of urban and Mexican youth, and innovative models of reaching youth with reproductive health information and services.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the session, participants will be able to: 1) list three trends in contraceptive use among US high school students since 1991, including differences in trends by gender, grade, and race/ethnicity 2) describe sexual attitudes and behaviors of middle school-aged youth (14 and under) 3) identify factors related to risky and safe sexual descisions among African American urban youth and Latino youth 4) identify at least two training models and activities that effectively impact adult behavior and attitudes by involving youth
Moderator(s):Iris J Meltzer, MA
12:30 PMTrends In Contraceptive Use Among U.S. High School Students Since 1991  [ Recorded presentation ]
John S Santelli, MD, MPH, Marion Carter, Brian Morrow
12:42 PMSexual Behavior and Attitudes of Young Adolescents: The Reality of Middle School-Age Sex and Effective Prevention Efforts and Programs  [ Recorded presentation ]
Cynthia Costello, PhD
12:54 PMHo's, Flippers, and Woo-Wops: The social environment of urban youth sexual decision making
Rebecca Cabral, PhD, Sue C. Swanson, PhD, Tara B. Giblin, MPH, CHES, Jacqueline Butler, MSW, Nancy Burnett, BS
1:06 PMCaught in cultural crossfire: Sexual expression among youth of Mexican heritage  [ Recorded presentation ]
Susan L. Dreisbach, PhD
1:18 PMTraining as a change agent: The role of youth-serving providers in preventing teen pregnancy  [ Recorded presentation ]
Melanie Ridley, BS, Pamela Kitagawa, LCCE, Bess Leggett, Anne Marie Guzman, BS
1:30 PMPlain Talk / Hablando Claro: A culturally responsive model for working on reproductive health issues of African American and Latino youth  [ Recorded presentation ]
Marcia Bayne-Smith, DSW, Debra Delgado, PhD
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Endorsed by:Community Health Planning and Policy Development; Maternal and Child Health; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Public Health Nursing; School Health Education and Services; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA