Teens & Toddlers: A New Intervention

by jmari5 on October 21, 2013 - 4:18pm

For several years now, the “Teens and Toddlers” intervention has been taking place in hopes of reducing sexual behavior and teen pregnancy for girls. This is being done by promoting personal development and bringing about awareness of the responsibility in caring for a child. The interventions also included emphasizing young people's potential and tries to increase personal and social skills, and educational and career opportunities. This intervention takes place for 18-20 weeks with weekly 3 hours sessions in a nursery. They start off with “check-in” time to make sure the girls don’t have any problems, then they have nursery time and group work and individual counselling sessions. The girls are to support and care for an infant under the age of 5 for 90 minutes. Doing this is supposed to bring awareness to the girls in how much responsibility and work it takes to take care of a child, and also hopes to increase their interest in contraception. The group work aspect focuses on different topics every week (ex: goal setting, sexual health, consequences of unplanned pregnancy, etc.) in hopes to enable participants to be clear about their goals and posses the skills, knowledge, and self-control in able to make educated decisions about sex and contraception. The individual counseling sessions talk about issues raised by the participants about peer pressure and other things and explore the participant’s thoughts and feelings.

            The main purpose of this article was to show that there is a program that helps young teenage girls take control of their sex life and give them knowledge on contraception, sex, and confidence in themselves. If we fail to take this line of reasoning seriously, the implications are that teens will still have little knowledge about contraception, not realize their own goals and skills, and possible still participate in unprotected sex. This article helps to show us that there are a lot of girls out there that think unprotected sex is no big deal, and this can lead to an unplanned pregnancy. I think this study could possibly be very helpful for young girls everywhere. Teen pregnancy is a growing issue in our country and it’s important that everyone has availability and resources to the knowledge about contraception and safe sex in order to decrease teen pregnancy rates.

Bonell, C., Maisey, R., Speight, S., Purdon, S., Keogh, P., Wollony, I., & … Wellings, K.             (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), 859-870. doi:10.1016/j.asolesence.2013.07.005

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