Effectiveness of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs Designed Specifically for Young Males
Despite the important role adolescent and young adult men play in preventing teen pregnancy, few evidence-based interventions are specifically designed for young men. Three research projects, funded through a collaborative initiative between the HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and the CDC, support piloting and evaluating innovative interventions designed for young men aged 15 to 24 years to reduce the risk of teen pregnancies that can be carried out in target settings. Funded projects address a diversity of risk and protective factors and a range of intervention strategies and settings. The projects include a motivational interviewing intervention using mobile devices; a father-son intervention delivered in the home; and a group-based intervention that aims to create support for young men as they explore and redefine healthier versions of manhood for themselves.
Awardee: Columbia University—Location: Bronx and Upper Manhattan, New York
Computer-Assisted Motivational Interviewing Intervention for Teen Pregnancy Prevention (CAMI-TPP): The CAMI-TPP intervention, for males aged 15 to24 years in clinic settings, consists of four, 30-minute 1:1 motivational interviewing coaching sessions conducted over 12 weeks. A trained health coach and a mobile application (app) enables participants to record health behaviors, identify values and future plans, and set and track goals for their health behaviors. Topics include increasing condom use, supporting a female partner’s contraceptive use, and completing a reproductive health visit with sexually transmitted infection testing.
Awardee: New York University—Location: South Bronx, New York
Father’s Raising Responsible Men (FFRM): The FFRM intervention, for black/African American and Latino males, aged 15 to 19 years and their fathers in community-based settings, consists of two, 60- to 90-minute intervention sessions delivered to fathers by trained father coaches over a month. The first session focuses on motivating fathers to communicate with their sons about sexual and reproductive health, including condom use. The second session provides fathers with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach their sons about correct and consistent condom use and assists fathers in supporting their adolescent sons’ linkage to sexual and reproductive health services. In addition, fathers receive guidance on effective adolescent monitoring and supervision, role modeling, and strengthening the overall relationship quality with their adolescent son. Fathers are also provided with a FRRM Workbook and Toolkit, as well as a condom demonstration video. FRRM materials are available in both English and Spanish.
Awardee: Promundo—Location: Washington, DC
Manhood 2.0: This intervention, for males aged 16 to 22 years and in a community-based setting, is a group-level intervention, delivered in seven sessions over 13 hours. The content addresses reproductive health knowledge, healthy relationships, healthy masculinity, and explicit and proactive support of a female partner’s contraceptive use. Activities are designed to engage young men in critical reflection and dialogue about gender norms and then apply these discussions to a range of key issues including intimate relationships, gender-based violence, substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, and teen pregnancy.
Promundo US – Gary Barker