Similarly, school curricula and programs that train health and social services professionals in reproductive health should include ample material about the skills that contraception requires and about the influence of personal factors on successful contraceptive use, along with more conventional information about reproductive physiology and contraceptive technology.
Recommendation for action — Strong recommendation Advocate for adolescent pregnancy prevention among all stakeholders through interventions such as: information provision, sexuality and health education, life skills building, contraceptive counselling and service provision, and the creation of supportive environments.
One strength of the Title X program, in particular, is that because it is a federally administered program, states are prohibited from imposing restrictions on services at the local level that may limit access to contraception such as not allowing minors to receive contraceptive care in clinics supported in whole or in part by Title X.
They do not, however, protect against the transmission of STDs, which requires that condoms be used also, as noted throughout this report. Over the last decade and more, programming has increasingly avoided the portrayal of smoking or drinking as glamorous, high-status activities, and seat belt use by actors in many movies and on television has increased significantly.
The specific inclusion of boys and men in this recommendation deserves special emphasis. The committee was impressed by the material suggesting that one of the main information and education sources in the nation—the media—is not helping in the task of conveying accurate, balanced information regarding contraception and sexual behavior, and too often highlights the risks rather than the benefits of contraception.
Program efforts to delay marriage through improved opportunities Some evidence from rural Bangladesh; Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America; Philadelphia.
Introducing economic incentives such as conditional cash transfers can help encourage families to consider alternatives to child marriage by alleviating their economic hardship and reframing the daughter as a valued part of the family rather than an economic burden.