The Importance Of Teen Pregnancy

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Teenage Pregnancy, Why is this Important
Kimberly O. Johnson
American Sentinel University

Nursing 505: Theoretical Foundations
Dr. Ami Bhatt
December 30,2012 Teenage Pregnancy: Why is this Important
Teen pregnancy is a critical public health issue that affects the health and educational, social and economic future of the mother and child. Teen pregnancy is also a significant factor in numerous other important social issues: welfare dependency, out-of-wedlock births, responsible fatherhood and workforce development are all of particular concern (Measuring, 2012).
Adolescents are less likely to seek out prenatal care because they are afraid, embarrassed, or unaware of the resources available to them. This
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Applying the eight phases of the PRECEDE-PROCEED Model, calls for an approach of assessing the populations unmet need. In the first phase, a focus group discussion, with the target audience for social assessment, i.e. identification the target audience (teen parents). The second phase would be for the collection of data from the county, statewide and national health data, i.e. teen pregnancy rates and also during this phase consideration should be given for activities to ensure unwanted pregnancies do not occur. The third phase, educational and ecological assessment, a selection of predisposing factors of knowledge about benefits of not becoming a teen parent. In the fourth phase of administrative and policy assessment, obtain a venue and prepare literature and speakers for a health education fair, abstinence teaching and youth counseling services offerings. In the fifth phase, program implementation, roll out of the programs and services listed in the fourth phase. The sixth phase, process evaluation, would incorporate an information survey form completed by participants. In the seventh phase, impact evaluation, a comparison could be done of the attitudes/thoughts of participants prior to the interventions and after the interventions. The