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Teen birth rate and cost analysis update by California Senate Districts Spring 2008
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Teen birth rate and cost analysis update by California Senate Districts Spring 2008

This Policy Review examines progress and continuing challenges for the State of California and for individual Senate Districts in the area of teen births reported by California’s forty State Senate Districts. Each State Senate District has been assigned to one of four progress categories based on its 2006 teen birthrate together with the amount of progress made during the last four years.

This article was taken from Public Health Institute

 


Science and Success, Second Edition: Sex Education and Other Programs that Work to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, HIV & Sexually Transmitted Infections

Twenty-six effective programs designed to reduce teen pregnancy and STI’s that meet rigorous criteria are described by Advocates for Youth.

This article was taken from Advocates for Youth. Washington, DC. 2008

 


Converging Evidence Leaves Policy Behind: Sex Education in the United States

School-based sex education has the potential to prevent sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies and to promote healthy sexuality. Yet local, state, and national sex education policies in the United States comprise a bewildering patchwork of mandates, funding restrictions, omissions, and compromises, often at odds from one level to the next. As a result, the sex education received by most students is fragmented, incomplete, and frequently based on ineffective approaches and curricula.

This article was taken from Constantine, N. A. (2008). Converging evidence leaves policy behind: Sex education in the United States. [editorial]. Journal of Adolescent Health, 42, 324-326.

 


Perception that Teens Frequently Substitute Oral Sex for Intercourse a Myth: Oral Sex “Epidemic” Not Supported by Facts

This study found that both oral and anal sex are much more common among teens who have already had vaginal intercourse than among those who have not, suggesting that teens initiate a range of sexual activities around the same time, rather than substitute one for another.

 


Parenting Practices and Parents’ Perceptions of Young Adolescent Urban Girls’ Alcohol and Sexual Behaviors

A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health examines parenting practices and parents’ perceptions of their young adolescent daughters’ behaviors. Underestimation of girls’ risks on the parts of both parents and professionals creates barriers to prevention. 

This article was taken from Journal of Adolescent Health

 


States are Backing Away from Abstinence-Only Programs and are Looking for Alternatives

Health and government officials are working to end abstinence-only programs and seeking to expand other types of sexual education initiatives in the face of mounting evidence that the programs do not work.

This article was taken from The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools

 


Half of Teens Don’t Discuss Contraception or STDs with Partners

Only half of teens report discussing contraception or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) with a partner before having sex for the first time. A Child Trends fact sheet summarizes the study’s findings and includes tips for parents and programs to encourage teens to engage in safer sexual behavior. Teens who discuss these issues are more likely to use contraception, which can reduce their risk of unintended pregnancy and STDs.

This article was taken from Child Trends

 


Innovative Outreach: Findings from the TeenSMART Outreach Evaluation

TeenSMART Outreach (TSO) evaluation assessed the strategies employed by TSO grantees to increase access to family planning services among adolescents.

This article was taken from University of California, San Francisco

 


Communication Between Parents and their Children about Sexual Health

This study investigates how comfortable parents and children find this type of discussion and compares parental responses with those of their children.

 


Sense of Personal Control Influences Latinas’ Decisions About Sexual Debut

According to researchers from the University of Chicago Medical Center, a sense of personal control over sexual behaviors strongly influences Latinas’ decisions about when to first engage in sex.

This article was taken from Eurekalert.org

 


 

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