The author identifies programmes that focused on sexuality issues and contraception which have had positive outcomes in delaying sexual intercourse and improving use of birth control. In addition the programmes which focus on antecedents can impact sexual health outcomes, such as poor educational attainment, and have also resulted in some positive outcomes on teenage sexual behaviour and teenage pregnancy. However the author states that programmes which combine sexuality education and youth development provide very positive outcomes relating to reduction of teenage pregnancy. This information may be useful for the development of Irish youth work programmes.
To examine the current evidence of effective programmes aimed at promoting sexual health among young people (aged 18 years or under)and at preventing teenage pregnancy.
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A literature review that identified the evidence of effectiveness in the following areas: teenage pregnancy, prevention, sexual health promotion among young people, and additional studies published since the most recent systematic review. The literature review was not specific to Irish research and included data from the UK, USA and Europe.
Fullerton, D. (2004). Promoting positive adolescent sexual health and preventing teenage pregnancy: a review of recent effectiveness research. Dublin: Crisis Pregnancy Agency.
Promoting positive adolescent sexual health and preventing teenage pregnancy: a review of recent effectiveness research.