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A Clinic-Based, Youth Development Approach to Teen Pregnancy Prevention

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Abstract:

Objective: To provide a description of Prime Time, an intervention to reduce pregnancy risk behaviors among high-risk ado- lescent girls. Methods: Pime Time, a clinic-based, multicomponent youth development intervention aims to reduce sexual risk behaviors, violence involve- ment, and school disconnection. Results: We highlight key considerations in conceptualization, design, and methods for a Prime Time randomized trial. Conclusions: Prime Time comes at a time of great interest in restructuring adolescent health services. This study represents an important effort to expand preventive and youth development services among young people most vulnerable to early pregnancy, for whom services must go beyond traditional problem-oriented approaches.

Keywords: ADOLESCENT CLINICAL SERVICES; TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION; VULNERABLE POPULATIONS; YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INTERVENTIONS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2011

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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