Summary

In this Chapin Hall Child and Family Policy Forum, public officials, community program managers, health practitioners, and researchers discussed collaborative approaches to teen pregnancy prevention. Teen pregnancy and birth rates in the United States are significantly higher than in other industrialized nations. And the high social and economic costs of teen pregnancy have a long-term impact on teen parents, their children, and communities. Evidence indicates that it takes more comprehensive approaches than just sex education to address this issue, including initiatives that address protective factors based on knowledge, skills, beliefs, and attitudes related to teen pregnancy. 

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