Effects of a Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Programme in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

M. Taylor, C. Jinabhai, S. Dlamini, R. Sathiparsad, S.M. Eggers, H. de Vries

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Abstract

Researchers aimed to determine the effects of a teenage pregnancy (TP) prevention program for 816 high school students attending 16 KwaZulu-Natal, South African schools through a randomized control trial. Data were collected at baseline and at the 8-month follow-up in 2009. Results were calculated using multivariate analyses of program effects employing Mplus 6, and indicated significantly healthier attitudes, including intentions to abstain from sex whilst at school, plans to communicate with partners about teenage pregnancy, and increased reports of condom use. Researchers thus provide some support for the effectiveness of a TP prevention program that should be further strengthened in a comprehensive approach that includes schools and families.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)845-858
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume35
Issue number7-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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