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The Impact of an Increase in Family Planning Services on the Teenage Population of Philadelphia

Mary Elizabeth Hughes, Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr. and Julien O. Teitler
Family Planning Perspectives
Vol. 27, No. 2 (Mar. - Apr., 1995), pp. 60-65+78
Published by: Guttmacher Institute
DOI: 10.2307/2135906
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2135906
Page Count: 7
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The Impact of an Increase in Family Planning Services on the Teenage Population of Philadelphia
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Abstract

In an assessment conducted 30 months after a Philadelphia-area project increased the resources that community family planning agencies devoted to teenage services, teenagers in targeted communities showed no generalized improvement in rates of pregnancy and childbearing, in knowledge or use of clinic services, or in attitudes toward contraception compared with those of teenagers in the entire city. Samples of adolescents aged 14-18 from the clinics' catchment areas and from the entire city were interviewed in mid-1988, when the project's activities began, and 2.5 years later. The results suggest that while community family planning clinics may provide effective services to the teenagers who seek them out, they may not be the most effective strategy for decreasing rates of pregnancy and childbearing in the overall teenage population.

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