Master's Culminating Experience
Objective: Project Parenthood was developed to support the growth of adolescent parenting education and to provide a resource for adolescent safer sex education and repeat pregnancy prevention.
Methods: Through the use of pre- and post-surveys, three key variables were measured: (1) knowledge, (2) perspective, and (3) skill. Survey questions were categorized as measuring one of the variables. Survey data was aggregated to create a pre- and post-composite score for each question. The percentage of questions that resulted in an increase, decrease, or no change was calculated for each variable. A Paired t-Test analysis was run to evaluate whether or not there was a significant change in pre- and post-survey composite scores for each variable.
Results: Thirty-seven adolescents between the ages of 14-22 years participated in the 12 workshops. At the p < 0.05 level of significance, a significant difference between pre- and post-survey composite scores was seen for each variable correlating with an increase in knowledge (64%), a change from a faulty to an appropriate perspective (58%), and an increase in skill (80%).
Conclusions: Project Parenthood improved outcomes through demonstrating increase in knowledge, improvement in faulty perspectives, and increase in skill among participants. A recommendation from this data is to focus on developing new and expanding existing parenting and safer sex education programs for adolescents in an effort to (1) reach an increased number of vulnerable adolescent populations, (2) decrease teen pregnancy rates, repeat pregnancy rates, and adverse effects of risky sexual behavior, (3) improve adolescent parenting skills, and (4) improve child welfare.
Scott, J. (2014). Project Parenthood: Efficacy of Evidence-Based Parenting and Safer Sex Education Program in an At-Risk Adolescent Population. Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.
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