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Male Involvement in Teen Pregnancy Prevention

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Beatriz Miranda

on 18 February 2014

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Male Involvement in Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Providing Resources
Know of programs in own community
Planned Parenthood is a great resource
Encourage participation in extracurricular activities
Program examples:
Brother to Brother
Project Alpha
Healthy Teens Center
Teens on Track
Why involve the male?
Males play a crucial role in pregnancy prevention
Sexual activity requires two partners
Males are sexually active sooner than and have more partners than females
Statistically, males desire to prevent accidental pregnancy and feel responsible for prevention
Identifying At Risk Males
Feelings towards pregnancy
Where do you get your information?
Males listed sources of sexual education to be found most often in the following order:
Parent or care giver
Health care providers
Racial Differences
African-American males initiate sex the youngest, followed by Hispanic and then White males
Percentage of males ages 15-19 reporting having experienced sexual intercourse
African-American: 80%
Hispanic: 61%
White: 50%
After age 19, over 80% of all males have had sexual intercourse, regardless of race
Decreased involvement in school
Low social/economic status
Gangs affiliation
Drug and alcohol use
Risk taking attitude/behavior
Behavioral Factors that Increase Likelihood of Unwanted Pregnancy
Identify Education Needs
It is important for providers to know their patients' sexual education level to offer the most accurate information.
With increasing age comes increased likelihood of sexual activity
Males ages 15-19 are most likely to be sexually active
Racial and behavioral factors influence sexual activity
Implication: Assess for history of such behaviors and recognize male as at risk when found to exhibit the above behaviors
Implication: Males from all racial groups are at risk for unwanted pregnancy during adolescence. African-American males are the most at risk to experience unwanted pregnancy.
Implication: Males are not being educated effectively by parents and health care providers & find much education in the unreliable facts distributed by the media.
Reported feelings toward accidental pregnancy:
Feel a responsibility to prevent it
Desire to prevent it
Would not feel "proud" to experience fatherhood during adolescence
Condom Use
Brindis, C., Boggess, J., Katsuranis, F., Mantell, M., & McCarter, V. (1998). A Profile of the Adolescent Male Family Planning Client. Family Planning Perspectives, 30, 63-66, 88. http://dx.doi.org/http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3006398.pdf
Sonenstein, F. L., Stewart, K., Lindberg, L. D., Pernas, M., & Williams, S. (1997, December). Teen Pregnancy. The Urban Institute, 1-176. http://dx.doi.org/http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/TEENPREG.PDF
Less than half of teenage males report using a condom every single time sexual intercourse occurs
Hispanics are the least likely racial group to use condoms
1/3 reported consistent use
In both African-American and White males, only 50% reported consistent condom use
Implication: There is a knowledge deficit regarding need for consistent condom use in order to adequately prevent pregnancy
Implication: Males desire to prevent pregnancy and feel a personal responsibility to do so. This creates for an excellent teaching foundation and indicates teaching will likely be effective.
Education can be implemented at any time.

It is not the sole responsibility of parents and teachers at schools. The community and the health care providers should also be in the front line in teen pregnancy prevention education.
Let's get to know the available resources and utilize them.
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