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Findings in this report summarize the first phase of a larger, multi-year study that is combining qualitative and quantitative methods to outline a conceptual framework to guide future demographic/fertility research, pregnancy prevention programs and policies. Twelve focus groups--involving a multiculturally representative group of male and female adolescents (N=106)--were held in two cities so as to learn about teens' views on adolescent childbearing and to develop possible pregnancy prevention programs and policies. Participants were encouraged to discuss openly their opinions about three topics: teen sexual activity, pregnancy, and contraceptive behavior. Topics discussed are: (1) teen culture regarding sex; (2) reasons teens have sex; (3) reasons teens do not have sex; (4) the influence of relationships on sexual behavior; (5) decision-making concerning sex; (6) the consequences of sex; (7) acceptance of teen pregnancy; (8) sexual partners' communication about pregnancy; (9) contraceptive methods; (10) reasons teens choose to use or not to use contraceptives; (11) private versus public school context; (12) adolescents' suggestions about how to motivate teens to prevent pregnancy and delay first sexual intercourse; and (13) social policies for preventing teen pregnancy. (EMK)

Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Contraception, Family Planning, Females, Focus Groups, High Risk Students, Intention, Interpersonal Communication, Males, Motivation, Peer Influence, Pregnancy, Public Policy, Secondary Education, Sexuality

Autor: Sugland, Barbara W.; Wilder, Kathleen J.; Chandra, Anita


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