Impact evaluation of the "not me, not now" abstinence-oriented, adolescent pregnancy prevention communications program, Monroe County, New York

J Health Commun. Jan-Mar 2001;6(1):45-60. doi: 10.1080/10810730150501404.

Abstract

"Not Me, Not Now" is an abstinence oriented, adolescent pregnancy prevention integrated communications program developed by Monroe County, NY. The evaluation utilized a cross-sectional time series approach in the analysis of items from several waves of youth surveys administered to two different age groups: (1) a survey of 7th and 8th graders on awareness, attitudes and intended behavior, and (2) the Youth Risk Behavior Survey administered to 9th through 12th graders. The trends found in the surveys demonstrated high levels of awareness of the program, changing attitudes and intended behaviors consistent with the program's messages. Analysis of pregnancy rates for 15-17 year-olds in the county were compared to reductions found in similar geographic areas. Pregnancy rates in Monroe County declined faster than in comparison areas. The authors conclude that there is a strong likelihood that the program had independent effect on the outcome of pregnancies in the population exposed to the program.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology
  • Child
  • Coitus
  • Family Planning Services*
  • Female
  • Health Education*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Male
  • New York
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Rate
  • Pregnancy in Adolescence*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Sexual Abstinence