Resources to Help
In 2012, more than 800 babies were born each day to teen girls between the ages of 15 and 19.1 Compared with their peers who delay childbearing, teen girls who have babies are:
- Less likely to finish high school;
- More likely to rely on public assistance;
- More likely to be poor as adults; and
- More likely to have children who have poorer educational, behavioral, and health outcomes over the course of their lives than do kids born to older parents.2
The good news is that teen birth rates in the United States have declined almost continuously since the early 1990s.1 Despite this decline, the U.S. teen birth rate is still higher than that of many other developed countries and disparities persist.3
One cost-effective approach communities use to help reduce teen pregnancies is implementing evidence-based programs in schools, clinics and other community settings. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conducts the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review which uses a systematic process for reviewing research studies against a rigorous standard in order to identify programs shown effective at preventing teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, or sexual risk behaviors. Read more about the evidence review process, procedures, and findings.
Since 2010, the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) has funded the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program to support replication of evidence-based programs that were included on the HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review at the time the grant was funded. Organizations requesting grant funding selected the programs most appropriate for use in their community.
Read more about each of the evidence-based programs, its content, and implementation requirements below or visit the searchable database of evidence-based program models. You can use this database to find programs that were developed and shown effective for certain target populations, settings, ages, and more.
EVIDENCE-BASED PROGRAMS MODELS
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1 Martin, J. A., Hamilton, B. E., Osterman, M. J. K., Curtin, S. C., & Mathews, T. J. (2013). Births: Final data for 2012 Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics Retrieved January 8, 2014, from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr62/nvsr62_09.pdf
2 Hoffman, S. D., & Maynard, R. A. (Eds.). (2008). Kids having kids: economic costs and social consequences of teen pregnancy (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: Urban Institute Press.
3 United Nations Statistics Division. (2011). Demographic Yearbook 2009-2010: Live births by age of mother. New York, NY: United Nations. Retrieved May 12, 2014, from http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/dyb/dyb2009-2010.htm