TITLE

Teen Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Youth: A Community Prevention Evidence- Based Program in Texas, USA

AUTHOR(S)
Trejos-Castillo, Elizabeth; TreviƱo-Schafer, Nancy; Brice, Linda; McPherson, Kathleen
PUB. DATE
January 2012
SOURCE
Revista CES Psicologia;ene-jun2012, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p25
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) continue to be a major health, social and financial problem across the country, and especially in Texas. While national research has shown that abstinence education is not working, the Texas Legislature, Texas School System and the Lubbock community still require "Abstinence-Only" education. The current paper is based on a community prevention evidence-based program in Lubbock, Texas entitled "Teen Straight Talk" (TST, 2007). TST is designed to educate and provide information on the topics of body image, teen and peer pressure, depression and suicide, along with understanding sexuality and how the body works, abstinence, contraception, teenage pregnancy, STDs, protection and sexual responsibility. The program reduces barriers between adults and parents and the youth they care for. TST is a joint effort among faculty, undergraduate and graduate students from Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and community partners. Empirical data has been collected since 2008 to fulfill the program main goals: a) Understand parent's knowledge and attitudes on sexual development as well as increase awareness of needs and benefits of comprehensive sexual education programs for parents and adolescents; b) Train volunteer students to promote healthy teenage sexual development in the Lubbock Community, c) Deliver comprehensive, medically, psychologically and sociologically correct sexual education to families and teenagers concerning risk and protective factors related to sexual activity. Empirical and social implications of TST are discussed.
ACCESSION #
85883369

 

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