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Interventions intended to reduce pregnancy-related outcomes among adolescents.
Campbell Systematic Reviews 2006:12 (2006)
  • Lauren Scher
  • REBECCA A MAYNARD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Stagner Matthew

This review synthesizes the evidence on the effectiveness of programs aimed at reducing sexual risk-taking among teens. By including only rigorous randomized controlled trials that meet additional methodological criteria, it uses meta-analytic techniques to estimates the average effects that interventions have on reducing sexual experience, unprotected sexual activity, and pregnancy rates. It focuses on four main types of interventions: (1) one-time consultations; (2) sex education programs with an abstinence focus (and no contraceptive focus); (3) sex education programs with a contraception component; and (4) multi-component youth development programs. In total, this review presents findings based on over 37,000 youth who were the subjects of 31 studies that reported on a total of 38 randomized trials of interventions aimed at reducing teen sexual activity and pregnancy.

  • Teen pregnancy,
  • welfare policy,
  • intervention,
  • systematic reveiw
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Lauren Scher, REBECCA A MAYNARD and Stagner Matthew. "Interventions intended to reduce pregnancy-related outcomes among adolescents." Campbell Systematic Reviews 2006:12 Iss. 12 (2006)
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