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Addressing Teen Pregnancy in Rural Settings through Comprehensive Teen-Focused Prenatal Programs

Brown, Sylvia Rose (2009) Addressing Teen Pregnancy in Rural Settings through Comprehensive Teen-Focused Prenatal Programs. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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During an internship at Magee-Womens Hospital, I had the opportunity to work with the teen centered prenatal care program. Through my interactions with the teens, I found that it is very beneficial to them to have access to a prenatal care program that is teen-focused. I wondered if access the same type of program would be beneficial to pregnant teens in rural areas.Although rates have declined, teen pregnancy continues to be a health issue with significant social and economic implications. Pregnant teens are a vulnerable population at higher risk for poor prenatal and post-partum outcomes. Pregnant teens have unique circumstances that require a different approach than that provided to pregnant adults. Teen parents lack parenting skills and are at a higher risk for child abuse and neglect. Teen mothers are less likely to finish high school and more likely to have poor long-term outcomes. Teen pregnancy in rural settings is as much of an issue as teen pregnancy in urban settings, however, the availability of teen-focused prenatal services in rural areas are disproportionately low. Pregnant teens in rural areas are limited to seeking care in adult-focused clinics or traveling to neighboring urban counties for teen-focused services. Pregnant teens would benefit from comprehensive teen-focused prenatal care programs. Providing care in a teen-focused setting allows teens to learn needed skills in a supportive atmosphere. A teen-focused program addresses issues such as increasing the use of contraception to prevent subsequent pregnancies; it also provides nutritional counseling, teaches parenting skills, encourages continued education, and identifies available resources. Teen Outreach is an example of a comprehensive teen centered education program located in Washington County, PA. The program provides prenatal, post-partum, and parenting education for pregnant teens in a rural setting. The purpose of this thesis is to address the need for comprehensive teen-focused prenatal programs in rural areas.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Brown, Sylvia
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.eduMATERRY
Committee MemberButler, Jamesjbutler9@pitt.eduJBUTLER9
Committee MemberCopeland, Valire Carrsswvcc@pitt.eduSSWVCC
Date: 29 January 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 24 November 2008
Approval Date: 29 January 2009
Submission Date: 10 December 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: rural programs; Teen pregnancy
Other ID:, etd-12102008-150228
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:10
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:54


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