Preventing Rapid Repeat Births Among Latina Adolescents: The Role of Parents

Alida Bouris and Kevin Cherry are with the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos is with the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health, Silver School of Social Work, New York University, New York, NY. Patricia Dittus and Shannon Michael are with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA. Kari Gloppen is with the School of Social Work, University of Washington, Seattle.
American Journal of Public Health (Impact Factor: 4.55). 08/2012; 102(10):1842-7. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300578
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Latina adolescent parents are at increased risk for rapid repeat births (second birth ≤ 24 months after the first), sexually transmitted infections, and negative educational and social outcomes. Although several effective parent-based interventions have been developed to prevent Latino youths' sexual risk taking, little research has explored the development of interventions to prevent repeat births that involve the parents of these adolescents. Existing preventative interventions involving parents suffer from important methodological limitations. Additional research is needed to advance theories of behavior, identify the causal pathways of parental influence, and specify appropriate behavioral targets. Future parent-based interventions to prevent repeat births should target pregnancy intentions, age of partners, contraceptive use, integrated prevention of pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, educational attainment, and future orientations.

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