Performance Improvement 2013-2014. Which Evidence-Based Programs Reduce Teen Pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Other Sexual Risk Behaviors?

01/01/2014

This project updated the review of the evidence for program models that demonstrate impacts on teen behaviors and consequences of sexual activity. This review served as the basis for identifying programs eligible for the HHS List of Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Models. A total of 88 studies met the review criteria for study quality and were included in the data extraction and analysis. The studies examined a range of program models delivered in diverse settings. Most studies had mixed-gender and predominately African American research samples (70 percent and 51 percent, respectively). Randomized controlled trials accounted for the large majority (87 percent) of included studies. Most studies (76 percent) included multiple follow-ups, with sample sizes ranging from 62 to 5,244.

Analysis of the study impact findings identified 31 program models with evidence of a statistically significant positive effect (and no adverse effects) on teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, or sexual activity. Two main gaps in the literature include a lack of replication studies and the need for more research on Latino youth and other high-risk populations.

Report Title: Programs to Reduce Teen Pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Associated Sexual Risk Behaviors: A Systematic Review, http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/13/reduce-teenpregnancy/rpt_tppevidence.cfm

Agency Sponsor: OASPE, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Sarah Oberlander, 202-690-6808
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research, MPR
Record ID: 9531 (April 1, 2012)

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