Risk and teenage parenthood: an early sexual health intervention

Robinson, S. and Robinson, C. (2017) Risk and teenage parenthood: an early sexual health intervention. Health Education, 117 (4). ISSN 0965-4283.

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Abstract

Purpose - This paper outlines the development of a resource designed to support practitioners, who were not sexual health specialists, but who worked with young people who may be at risk of teenage pregnancy or parenthood. Its aim was to enable practitioners to carry out an assessment using a screening tool, and to use educational interventions designed to reduce risk-taking behaviour or refer to a sexual health specialist. We report a research project to examine the perceptions of practitioners who had used the resource.

Design/methodology/approach – The resource was based on a local needs assessment and developed by a multi-agency working group. The research utilised an on-line questionnaire and telephone interviews with practitioners.

Findings - Practitioners reported using the screening tool with young people with an average age of 13.1 years. They thought the educational interventions provided knowledge and helped with communication, self-awareness, reflection, confidence, attitudes and values clarification.

Research limitations/implications - The project was based in one county in England. A sample of seventeen per cent of the practitioners responded to the questionnaire, and they might be those who had engaged most, or most positively, with the resource. Three practitioners undertook interviews. The views and behaviours of young people are yet to be evaluated.

Originality/value - Within a climate of limited resources, the findings suggest that the project was providing an acceptable proportionate universalist, early sexual health intervention for young people.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Robinson, C. and Jones, L. (2011), Have you been KIST? Kent Intervention Screening Tool. HYP HOP Ltd., Ashford, available at: http://create.canterbury.ac.uk/12759
Uncontrolled Keywords: teenage pregnancy, risk, sex and relationships education, resources
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ0019 Sexual behavior and attitudes. Sexuality
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work
Depositing User: Dr Sally Robinson
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 11:35
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 05:47
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/15652

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