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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

Editor-in-Chief: Merrick, Joav

Editorial Board: Birch, Diana ML / Blum, Robert W. / Greydanus, MD, Dr. HC (Athens), Donald E. / Hardoff, Daniel / Kerr, Mike / Levy, Howard B / Morad, Mohammed / Omar, Hatim A. / de Paul, Joaquin / Rydelius, Per-Anders / Shek, Daniel T.L. / Sher, Leo / Silber, Tomas J. / Towns, Susan / Urkin, Jacob / Verhofstadt-Deneve, Leni / Zeltzer, Lonnie / Tenenbaum, Ariel


CiteScore 2018: 0.79

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Confronting the impact of teen pregnancy in Mississippi: the need for after-school programs

Danielle R. Bogan
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  • Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Jackson State University, 350 West Woodrow Wilson Avenue, Suite, 320, 1400 J.R. Lynch St., P.O. Box 17038, Jackson, MS 39217, USA, Phone: +(601)597-5601
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Published Online: 2019-09-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0210

Abstract

Although rates have decreased 8% since 2014, teen pregnancy remains a substantial public health and social problem in Mississippi and elsewhere in the US. Evidence suggests that, among teenagers, the after-school hours from 3 to 6 pm are peak times of risky sexual activity. This paper reviews recent research and programs concerning sexual risk behavior among adolescents and proposes that after-school programs would increase the daily period of supervised activity and thereby reduce risks not only of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases but would also serve to enhance scholastic attainment and hence career prospects for the future. After-school programs from 3 to 6 p.m. should incorporate a multifaceted model that includes academic enhancement and recreational activities as well as curriculum-based sex education, youth development, and service learning.

Keywords: abstinence; after-school program; contraceptives; human immunodeficiency virus; sexual transmitted diseases; teen pregnancy

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Received: 2017-12-08

Accepted: 2018-01-14

Published Online: 2019-09-18


Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 20170210, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0210.

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