Teen pregnancy rates in the U.S. are among the highest in the industrialized countries. Although the rate of teen pregnancies has been decreasing over the years, recently the birth rate for teens aged 15 to 19 has increased by 5%. Forest Grove is reported as having a higher teen pregnancy rate than the rest of the state of Oregon with a fertility rate for women aged 15-19 years of 39 per 1,000 women compared to Oregon’s 21 per 1,000 women. Current methods for sexual education use an abstinence-based curriculum, although studies have found that these programs are no longer effective. Comprehensive-based sexual education curriculums, however, have been gaining evidence in the effectiveness of their approach. This capstone presentation will describe the development of a comprehensive-based sexual education program that combines elements from several different programs into one curriculum. Some of the activities included are peer mentoring, role playing, an overnight parent project, video-based interventions, health center visits and an educational session for parents and families. The desired effects of this program will be to lower the incidence of teen pregnancy in Forest Grove High School. To determine the program’s effectiveness and longevity, an evaluation plan, in addition to a sustainability plan, have been designed.
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