Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/eb-2013-101416
  • Primary healthcare
  • Randomised controlled trial

Prime time youth development intervention improves contraceptive use and sexual awareness among sexually active adolescent girls

  1. Deborah Fallon
  1. Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester, Manchester, Lancashire, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Deborah Fallon, Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester, Jean McFarlane Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, Lancashire, M13 9PL, UK; debbie.fallon{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • This study encourages consideration of the strengths and assets of a young person as well as risks factors.

  • This study encourages the consideration of ways to interrupt the chain of negative effects in vulnerable young people's lives, offering positive experiences that facilitate the enhancement of individual strengths.


The causes and consequences of unintended teenage pregnancy have, quite rightly, been the focus of considerable research attention in the industrialised Western world over the past 15 years, since it is associated with disproportionately poor outcomes for young parents and their children.

The UK as well as the USA have signalled that despite current historic reductions in teenage pregnancy rates, the statistics only …

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