The Success Of The Teen Pregnancies

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The Success of an Integrated Approach in the Prevention of Repeat Teen Pregnancies Suzan A. Dede Eastern Michigan University The Success of an Integrated Approach in the Prevention of Repeat Teen Pregnancies Teen mothers are at an increased risk for having subsequent births due to multidimensional and complex needs. These risks contain complex social and economic aspects and public health issues. These mothers appear to have a recurring theme associated with “poorer medical, educational, economic and parenting outcomes” (Barnet et al., 2009, p. 435). Factors that affect these teen mothers appear to be multi-disciplinary, and therefore the efficacy of such interventions has been difficult to determine. Risk factors that seem to be prevalent with an increase in subsequent pregnancies among teen mothers include emotional and psychological aspects as well as race, poverty, school concerns, and inconsistent use of contraception. A number of programs have been implemented as an intervention to reduce secondary teen pregnancies. Examination of different methodologies aimed at prevention confirms that an integrated or multi-disciplinary approach appears to be most successful. Such programs address reproductive health needs, preventative care, and effective parenting behavior for the teenage mother, including a broad scope of services aimed at life’s concerns, and promotion of social skills. In the article by Barnet et al. (2009), the researchers took a
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