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What's it Going to Take? Extending the Research Base to Improve Teen Pregnancy Prevention

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March 7-8, 2007


Demographic and Behavioral Sciences (DBS) Branch, Center for Population Research (CPR), NICHD; National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.


Natcher Conference Center (Building 45), NIH Main Campus


Although U.S. teen pregnancy rates have declined, they are still higher than in other developed countries. This conference will address possible areas for future research that could contribute to further reducing rates of teen pregnancy in the United States. Conference presentations will focus on four topical areas where new knowledge has the potential to improve efforts to prevent teen pregnancy:

  • Epidemiological trends in sexual risk-taking and pregnancy/birth rates among adolescents, with a focus on the subgroups who are at the highest;
  • The impact of childhood and adolescent development (e.g., early family environments, pubertal and brain development) on adolescents’ risk of early pregnancy;
  • The influence of parents, peers, and the media on teen attitudes, behavior, and romantic relationships; and
  • The need to advance “implementation research,” which is the scientific study of methods to promote the systematic uptake of research findings into routine practice.

The conference will develop a list of possible areas for future research to support the development and implementation of new interventions and strategies to reduce teen pregnancy.


Drs. Christine Bachrach and Susan Newcomer, DBS Branch, CPR, NICHD
Tel: (301) 435-6983

Last Reviewed: 11/30/2012
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