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Societies 2015, 5(3), 631-645; doi:10.3390/soc5030631

Evaluating Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs: Decades of Evolving Strategies and Practices

Philliber Research and Evaluation, Accord, NY 12404, USA
Academic Editor: Naomi Farber
Received: 22 June 2015 / Revised: 26 August 2015 / Accepted: 28 August 2015 / Published: 8 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Adolescent Pregnancy: Past, Present and Future Trends and Issues)
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This paper reviews the changing strategies for both process and outcome evaluations of teen pregnancy prevention programs over the past few decades. Implementation evaluations have emphasized discovery of what program attributes are most effective in reducing teen pregnancy and its antecedents. Outcome evaluations have moved from collecting data to measure knowledge, attitudes, and program satisfaction to measuring behavior change including postponement of sexual involvement, increased used of contraception, or reduction in teen pregnancy. High quality randomized control trials or quasi-experimental designs are being increasingly emphasized, as are sophisticated analysis techniques using multi-variate analyses, controls for cluster sampling, and other strategies designed to build a more solid knowledge base about how to prevent early pregnancy. View Full-Text
Keywords: evaluation; teen pregnancy prevention; outcome evaluation; implementation evaluation evaluation; teen pregnancy prevention; outcome evaluation; implementation evaluation
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Philliber, S. Evaluating Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs: Decades of Evolving Strategies and Practices. Societies 2015, 5, 631-645.

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