Family Growth Center: A Community-Based Social Support Program for Teen Mothers and Their Families
Investigators: Richard Solomon & Linda Solomon

The Family Growth Center (FGC) is a comprehensive, community-based family support program designed to reduce repeat pregnancy and school drop-out rates among adolescent mothers. The program aims to provide teen mothers in high-risk neighborhoods with a comprehensive set of educational and support services, offered within family and neighborhood contexts. Young women are recruited for the program by perinatal counselors/coaches when they arrive at participating hospital clinics for prenatal visits. Thereafter, they are offered a range of intervention components, coordinated by FGC Case Managers. Program components include home visits, crisis intervention, bimonthly parenting classes, supervised daycare, transportation services, recreational opportunities, and advocacy and referral services. The evaluated FGC Pilot Program took place in several of Pittsburgh's high-risk urban neighborhoods. Of the 88 first-time mothers recruited for the study, 49 were assigned to the intervention group and 39 to the control group. An attrition group was formed to follow the 25 women (15 intervention, 10 control) who dropped out of the program. Protocol assessment measures were diverse and included interview and questionnaire data and psychosocial and behavioral outcomes of mothers and their children. Researchers found that the proportion of the intervention group mothers who dropped out of school (3/34) was significantly less than the proportion of the control group (12/29), a pattern which held at both Time 1 (two years after recruitment) and Time 2 (three years after recruitment) analysis points. Significant differences were also found in the frequency of repeat pregnancies between the two groups. At Time 1, three repeat pregnancies occurred in the intervention group (less than 10%) versus 11 repeat pregnancies (38%) in the control group (p=0.006). The Time 2 pattern was the same, with a total of 7 repeat pregnancies among the intervention group and 21 within the control group (p=0.020). View more detailed information on this program.

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Original Instrument: MSSI/Maternal Social Support Index
   
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Original Instrument: Family APGAR
   
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Original Instrument: AAPI/Adolescent-Adult Parenting Index
   
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Original Instrument: Spoiling Belief Index
   
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Original Instrument: Beck Depression Index
   
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Original Instrument: Family Growth Center Opinion Poll
   
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