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Societies 2015, 5(4), 686-712; doi:10.3390/soc5040686

A Call to Action: Developing and Strengthening New Strategies to Promote Adolescent Sexual Health

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Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco, 3333 California Street, Suite 265, San Francisco, CA 94143-0936, USA
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National Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center, University of California, San Francisco, 3333 California Street, Suite 245, San Francisco, CA 94143-0503, USA
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Academic Editor: Naomi Farber
Received: 7 July 2015 / Revised: 12 September 2015 / Accepted: 22 September 2015 / Published: 5 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Adolescent Pregnancy: Past, Present and Future Trends and Issues)
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Abstract

Through considerable efforts and investments of resources, adolescent pregnancy and birth rates in the United States have decreased significantly over the past two decades. Nonetheless, large disparities persist for many populations of youth. Reducing unintended adolescent pregnancies is considered a “winnable public health battle,” but one that will require innovative thinking and continued persistence. This paper reviews the recent research literature and innovative programmatic efforts to identify six promising strategies that address the challenge of adolescent pregnancy in new ways. These strategies aim to: (1) understand and address the complexity of adolescent lives; (2) expand the provision of quality sexual health education; (3) engage youth through technology and media; (4) increase access to contraceptives and other sexual health services; (5) create tailored interventions for populations with special needs; and (6) create a supportive policy environment. By building upon lessons learned from past efforts, we can move the field toward the development, strengthening, and promotion of future strategies that enhance the sexual well-being of all adolescents. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescent pregnancy; sexual health; reproductive health; sex education; contraception; policy adolescent pregnancy; sexual health; reproductive health; sex education; contraception; policy
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Decker, M.J.; Berglas, N.F.; Brindis, C.D. A Call to Action: Developing and Strengthening New Strategies to Promote Adolescent Sexual Health. Societies 2015, 5, 686-712.

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