Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

Pregnant and Parent Teens Matter Too!
Joanne León, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW

The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of parenting and pregnant teens, school staff, and participant’s parents with the Support for Pregnant and Parenting Teens Program (SPPT) within two high-schools in an inner-city school district. To achieve this aim, focus groups and individual interviews were used to qualitatively explore the experiences of students (n=18), their parents (n=5), and school personnel (n=5). SPPT aims to improve educational and health outcomes for expecting mothers and parenting teenagers and their children. For pregnant and parenting teens, this school-based program indicated promising outcomes in the following areas: engaging and supporting students, increasing academic achievement, accessing health services for parent and child, and improving attendance rates.

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