Project Redirection, 1980-1983
Investigators: Denise Polit

Project Redirection was a pilot program designed to help disadvantaged pregnant teenagers and teenage mothers achieve economic self-sufficiency. From 1980 to 1983 investigators compiled data from three interviews with participating teens (at baseline, 12 months, and 24 months) in order to evaluate the efficacy of Project Redirection in aiding pregnant or parenting teens as compared to a similar non-Redirection control group. Community-based organizations in four locations arranged a variety of services for Redirection participants including Individual Participant Plans (IPPs), peer group sessions, and community women (local volunteers for support and for positive role models). These services were designed to facilitate the teenagers' participation in educational, vocational, and/or parenting training programs. On average, teenagers stayed with the program for one year. Initial subjects had enrolled in program sites between September 1980 and July 1981 and, along with a comparison group, comprise Sample I. In the fall of 1981, funds became available to enlarge the research sample. Teens enrolled in the program between March 1981 and March 1982, together with an additional group of comparison teens, comprise Sample II. Sample II teens were not administered a baseline interview, since the decision to enlarge the sample came after many Sample II teens were already enrolled in the program. Because Sample II teens were not studied at baseline, many baseline variables for this group were obtained at the 12- month survey. Other baseline variables are missing for the entire Sample II group. Eighty-six percent of the original teenagers (675 of 789) completed the follow-up interviews. The DAAPPP file consists of information on 958 variables gathered from these 675 teens.

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