Teen Pregnancy Prevention Plan
Today teen pregnancy is a complex issue that has drawn the attention from an array of entities such as service providers, policy makers, and educators. As a result of research and experience, adolescent pregnancy has been associated with several factors not just simply the fact that teens are having unprotected sex at an early age. In today’s society, there many issues that are related to early pregnancy and the issues are much broader in nature than in the past such as social, cultural, economic, psychological, and abuse.
These complexities are the elements that pose particular challenges in the development and implementation of a strategic pregnancy prevention plan. As the research has shown there is no "magic solution" to the prevention pf teen pregnancy and the belief that a single intervention will work across the board is why programs in the past have failed to have an impact. Communities cannot expect to have the ability to immediately lower pregnancy incidents over a short period due to the fact that the process takes a substantial amount of time, requires acceptance and affirmation from the target population of young people, and a serious amount of resources, particularly money.
In the effort to implement a program targeting the teen pregnancy issue there are some important principles that require attention. Program goals and objectives need to be clearly defined and need to be realistic. The goals and objectives may be directed at the delayed initiation of sexual intercourse and education as it relates to a more effective contraceptive use as well as increased rates of completing school. Community involvement is critical for the success of any program. The enlistment of parents, schools, neighborhood organizations, and health professionals can provide much needed support during the design and implementation of strategic pregnancy prevention programs. Other entities that can play a vital role in the success of...