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Delivering the Full Message: Brief #1 from Enhancing Teen Health and Well-Being

May 1, 2002

Despite major strides in getting the message to teenage boys about AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and in teaching them how to say no to sex and to use birth control, gaps persist in boys' education and understanding of reproductive health. Most formal sex and reproductive health education takes place in school, which means dropouts sometimes miss out on this instruction. Efforts are needed to reduce gaps in instruction by race, gender, and school attendance.

Involving Males in Preventing Teen Pregnancy

December 1, 1997

Preventing teenagers from having unplanned pregnancies is an important goal that has been pursued since the 1970s, when births to teenagers were first diagnosed as a major social problem. Much has been learned about the types of interventions that work and do not work (Kirby, 1997; Moore et al., 1995; Frost and Forrest, 1995; Miller and Paikoff, 1992). A glaring gap, however, is the lack of systematic information about how males could and should participate in pregnancy prevention efforts. This guide begins to fill that void by pulling together -- from data on programs around the country -- what is currently known about male reproductive behavior and programs designed to influence this behavior.