Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Teen pregnancy: A content analysis of existing literature
by Barraza, Luisana, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 82; 1499137
Abstract (Summary)

The intent of this content analysis was to get a better understand of teen pregnancy as well as to review current literature regarding teen pregnancy intervention programs, and their reported effectiveness in reducing teen pregnancy. The analysis examined current possible risk factors that contribute to teen pregnancy, as well as gaps in intervention models. While studies suggest that numerous risk factors may contribute to a teen girl becoming pregnant, this content analysis shows that no one risk factor is the sole cause for teen pregnancy. The content analysis also revealed that adolescent pregnancy prevention programs must go beyond sex education and health information in order to permanently reduce the number of teen girls that become mothers.

The negative consequences attributed with teen pregnancy identified in this content analysis help social workers gain a better understanding of what teen pregnancy is, and how it affects the teen and her family as well as provide suggested intervention programs that may be utilized in diverse settings such as schools, after school programs, and health centers. Adolescent pregnancy crosses all ethnic and socio economic groups and prevention and intervention programs must address and be sensitive to ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic differences.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lam, Brian
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Epidemiology
Publication Number: 1499137
ISBN: 978-1-124-85083-2
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