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The perceptions of community change through promoting positive sexual health: a teenage pregnancy program evaluation


Le, Q and Auckland, S and Nguyen, HB and Terry, DR, The perceptions of community change through promoting positive sexual health: a teenage pregnancy program evaluation, Universal Journal of Public Health, 3, (2) pp. 55-64. ISSN 2331-8880 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.13189/ujph.2015.030202


Teenage pregnancy is associated with adverse social, economic and health outcomes for both mother and child. The factors frequently associated with teenage pregnancy or related sexual health issues include teenagersí knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about sex and other social-economic factors such as levels of poverty, academic success or failure, and parents' education. This paper reports on the evaluation of a teenage pregnancy program conducted in the Southern and North Western regions of Tasmania to address the high levels of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STIs) in these regions. The aim of the study was to examine the effectiveness of the Teenage Pregnancy Programs by examining any evidence for a community change in attitudes and behaviours, and any changes in youth awareness about sexual health. The study adopted a qualitative approach and data were collected from a total of 25 participants (17 who were interviewed and eight who participated in focus groups) residing in the target regions. Data were analysed using thematic analysis using Nvivo 9.0. The study results indicated that the program was well managed and delivered. There were reported changes in the awareness, attitudes and behaviours regarding sexual health within the target communities, which were considered necessary for young people to make well informed choices. The evaluation of the program provides valuable knowledge regarding the processes and outcomes that may have application in future community based sexual health initiatives may be delivered into regional communities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:teen pregnancy, sexual health, socioeconomic disadvantage, behavioural change, community-based interventions
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
UTAS Author:Auckland, S (Mr Stuart Auckland)
UTAS Author:Nguyen, HB (Dr Hoang Nguyen)
ID Code:98295
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2015-02-10
Last Modified:2016-06-10
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