Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Recommendations from Urban and Reservation Northern Plains American Indian Community Members

Tracey R. McMahon, Jessica D. Hanson, Emily R. Griese, Den Yelle Baete Kenyon

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Despite declines over the past few decades, the United States has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy compared to other industrialized nations. American Indian youth have experienced higher rates of teen pregnancy compared to the overall population for decades. Although it's known that community and cultural adaptation enhance program effectiveness, few teen pregnancy prevention programs have published on recommendations for adapting these programs to address the specific needs of Northern Plains American Indian youth. We employed a mixed-methods analysis of 24 focus groups and 20 interviews with a combined total of 185 urban and reservation-based American Indian youth and elders, local health care providers, and local school personnel to detail recommendations for the cultural adaptation, content, and implementation of a teen pregnancy prevention program specific to this population. Gender differences and urban /reservation site differences in the types of recommendations offered and the potential reasons for these differences are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-241
Number of pages24
JournalAmerican Journal of Sexuality Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015



  • American Indian
  • program recommendations
  • teen pregnancy prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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