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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

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. ISSN 0140-1971 (doi: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: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: pregnancy in adolescence [MeSH], health promotion [MeSH], randomized controlled trial [MeSH], adolescent [MeSH], sexual behaviour [MeSH], schools, nursery [MeSH]
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Family Care & Mental Health Department
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:25
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10279

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