A review of teen-tot programs: Comprehensive clinical care for young parents and their children

Lara J. Akinbami, Tina L. Cheng, Dana Komfeld

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Comprehensive clinical programs for teenage mothers and their children, also known as teen-tot programs, have been a promising intervention to improve outcomes of teenage childbearing and parenting. However, much remains unknown regarding the efficacy of such programs. We reviewed four published evaluations of programs that provided medical care, counseling, contraception, guidance for parenting, and assistance with staying in school. The evaluations reported moderate success in preventing repeat pregnancies, helping teen mothers continue their education, and improving teen and infant health over 6 to 18 months. However, the evaluations had limitations that may have reduced or accentuated observed effectiveness. Teen-tot programs will continue to face the challenges of sustaining adequate long-term interventions and evaluations, and reducing the high attrition rate among program participants. It is concluded that increased support and funding for teen-tot programs and more complete evaluations are warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEducational and Psychological Research
Subtitle of host publicationA Cross-Section of Journal Articles for Analysis and Evaluation
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781351970273
ISBN (Print)9781884585456
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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