Engaging Adolescent Males in Prevention

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In May 2012, in recognition of teen pregnancy prevention month, OAH held an event to elevate the importance of engaging adolescent males in preventing teen pregnancies. Read more about the event here.

An estimated nine percent — or 900,000 — of young men between the ages of 12 and 16 will become fathers before their twentieth birthday, based on a recent survey.[1] Research and data collection efforts have tended to focus on female adolescents. As a result, less is known about the strategies and approaches for effectively engaging males in preventing teen pregnancies or even about their attitudes toward being a father. Clearly, the behavior of adolescent males is also central to preventing teenage pregnancy and childbearing.[2] Research and programs are increasing the focus on the role of males in teenage pregnancy and childrearing. During May 2012, OAH held an event, “Let’s Hear about the Boys: Engaging Adolescent Males in Teen Pregnancy Prevention” to elevate the importance of engaging adolescent males in preventing teen pregnancies. Read more about the event here.

In addition, some experts note that programs focused on responsible sexual behavior should also consider including information about how to build healthy romantic relationships overall.[3] This would include teaching emotional and interpersonal skills and reducing gender stereotypes.[4],[5]

Footnotes »

1
Scott, M. E., Steward-Streng, N. R., Manlove, J., & Moore, K. A. (2012). The characteristics and circumstances of teen fathers: At the birth of their first child and beyond. Washington, DC: Child Trends. Retrieved January 23, 2015, from http://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Child_Trends-2012_06_01_RB_TeenFathers.pdf
2
Manlove, J., Terry-Humen, E., Ikramullah, E., & Holcombe, E. (2008). Sexual and reproductive health behaviors among teen and young adult men: A descriptive portrait. (Research Brief). Washington, DC: Child Trends. Retrieved January 23, 2015, from http://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/Teen-Sexual-Health.pdf
3
Antle, B.F., Sullivan, D.J., Dryden, A., Karam, E.A., and Barbee, A.P. (2011). Healthy relationship education for dating violence prevention among high-risk youth. Children and Youth Services Review, (33)1: 173-179.
4
Tharp, A. T., Carter, M., Fasula, A. M., Hatfield-Timajchy, K., Jayne, P. E., Latzman, N. E., et al. (2013). Advancing adolescent sexual and reproductive health by promoting healthy relationships. Journal of Women's Health, 22(11), 911-914
5
Greene, M. E., and Levak, A. (2010). Synchronizing gender strategies: A cooperative model for improving reproductive health and transforming gender relations. Washington, DC: Population Reference Bureau. Retrieved on May 11, 2015, from http://www.prb.org/igwg_media/synchronizing-gender-strategies.pdf
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Last updated: May 17, 2015