Long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods of birth control, which include the intrauterine device and subdermal implant, are highly effective, very safe, preferable to women, and cost effective. But some states' contraceptive policies create direct and indirect barriers to LARC use.
A new field called implementation science examines how to best support providers in taking up new, research-proven treatments and implementing them well. A RAND study will test how Boys & Girls Clubs carry out a program proven to prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, with and without an intervention called Getting To Outcomes®.
Essentially, the available research suggests that teaching abstinence alone to teenagers does not work — they are no more likely to delay the start of sexual activity than other teenagers. But research has not been so clear regarding virginity pledges specifically, writes Steven Martino.
Adolescents who have high levels of exposure to television programs that contain sexual content are twice as likely to be involved in a pregnancy over the following three years as their peers who watch few such shows.
Examines concerns surrounding adolescent reproduction: (1) which groups are most at risk for pregnancy and parenthood; (2) the effects of early parenthood on the parents; and (3) which groups are most vulnerable to these effects.
Communications Analyst; Medical Editor for the Southern California Evidence-Based Practice Center; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Education Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Adolescence is a forgotten age, its problems largely ignored in the clamor for attention to competing societal concerns. So argues Phyllis Ellickson, a senior RAND analyst who has devoted much of her career to the study of young people in the years between childhood and maturity. "Perhaps that is because adolescents ...