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Randomized controlled trial of 'teens and toddlers': a teenage pregnancy prevention intervention combining youth development and voluntary service in a nursery

Bonnell, Chris; Maisey, Ruth; Speight, Svetlana; Purdon, Susan; Keogh, Peter; Wollny, Ivonne; Sorhaindo, Annik and Wellings, Kaye (2013). Randomized controlled trial of 'teens and toddlers': a teenage pregnancy prevention intervention combining youth development and voluntary service in a nursery. Journal of Adolescence, 36(5) pp. 859–870.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2013.07.005
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Abstract

We conducted an independent evaluation of the "Teens and Toddlers" intervention. Our randomized trial examined effects on self-reported last sex without contraception, >1 episode of sex without contraception in previous 3 months, expectation of teenage parenthood and youth development score, plus secondary outcomes among 449 at-risk girls age 13/14 in England. The intervention involves 18-20 weekly sessions in pre-school nurseries. Response rates were 95% post-intervention and 91% one year later. At follow-up two, there was no evidence of intervention benefits for primary outcomes and a positive impact for our secondary outcome, low self-esteem. At follow-up one, there was no evidence of benefits for our primary outcomes but evidence of benefits for our secondary outcomes: low self-esteem; low sexual health knowledge; and difficulty discussing the contraceptive pill. The intervention should be refined, with a clearer logic model and more emphasis on sex education, and re-evaluated.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents
ISSN: 1095-9254
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetDfE (Department for Education)
Keywords: pregnancy in adolescence; health promotion; randomized controlled trial; adolescent; sexual behaviour; schools; nursery
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 44455
Depositing User: Peter Keogh
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2015 14:27
Last Modified: 08 May 2019 13:38
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/44455
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