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A public health success: understanding policy changes related to teen sexual activity and pregnancy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16533118     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Teenage pregnancy prevention has long been on the American public health agenda. Over the past decade, a number of concurrent federal, state, and local policies have responded to the myriad and diverse needs of adolescents, from supporting adolescents who have not initiated sexual intercourse to strategies aimed at avoiding a repeat pregnancy among teenage parents. Key policies, including comprehensive family life education, access to contraceptive care, and youth development, have resulted in delays in sexual debut, improved contraceptive use, and have achieved reductions in pregnancies, abortions, and births. Although improvements are documented across all ethnic and racial subgroups, substantial health disparities continue to exist. Synergistic policy approaches represent a substantial change from the past when narrow, single-issue strategies were adopted and were limited in their effectiveness. Renewed efforts to implement narrow policy approaches (e.g., abstinence-until-marriage or restrictions to contraceptive access) need to be considered in light of existing research findings.
Claire D Brindis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annual review of public health     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0163-7525     ISO Abbreviation:  Annu Rev Public Health     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-14     Completed Date:  2006-06-09     Revised Date:  2006-10-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006431     Medline TA:  Annu Rev Public Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  277-95     Citation Subset:  IM    
Center for Reproductive Health Research and Policy, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143-0936, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Rate
Health Policy / trends*
Health Services Accessibility
Pregnancy in Adolescence / ethnology,  prevention & control*
Public Health / legislation & jurisprudence*
Sex Education
Sexual Abstinence
Socioeconomic Factors
United States

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