Queens Hospital Center's Teenage Program
Based upon the premise that a teen's first pregnancy may stem from underlying,
unmet needs, this clinic-based program provides medical care, psychosocial
support, and education to the adolescent, her partner, and her family. The
comprehensive approach to service emphasizes early intervention, beginning
during pregnancy. For the duration of the intervention, each patient and her
infant remain with a team of providers: an obstetrician-gynecologist, pediatrician,
social worker, and health educator. The program also includes a physician/
practitioner 24 hour "on call" system and a reproductive health and
family life education program, featuring bi-weekly classes for the patient,
her partner, and family. In an effort to prevent repeat pregnancy and STDs,
the teen's partner is encouraged to participate in education, support, and
counseling activities. A field study of the intervention was conducted in Queens,
New York, with 498 adolescents and their infants. Compared to a control group
of teen mothers, program participants were more likely to attend and graduate
from school and (for those who were sexually active) use regular contraception;
additionally, both they and their infants experienced significantly better
health. Moreover, the repeat pregnancy rate was significantly lower for program
participants compared to the control group. View
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