School Psychology Review

Adolescent Pregnancy: Implications for Prevention Strategies in Educational Settings

Kathleen D. Paget

pp. 570-580

Mini-Series on Primary Prevention: From Theory on Practice and Mini-Series on Research Methods in School Psychology

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ABSTRACT: The need for pregnancy prevention programs in educational settings is recognized by a variety of professionals. With the rise in incidence figures, especially among pre-adolescent populations, involvement of school personnel in prevention programs has assumed increased importance. This article presents information regarding (a) correlates of pre-adolescent and adolescent pregnancy; (b)components of innovative school- and community-based programs; and (c)implications for school psychologists with respect to preventive programming in school settings. Large-scale social reform efforts are discussed as well as smaller-scale strategies within school systems and communities.