Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Book Reviews -- Handbook of Adolescent Sexuality and Pregnancy: Research and Evaluation Instruments Edited by Josefina J. Card

Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Book Reviews -- Handbook of Adolescent Sexuality and Pregnancy: Research and Evaluation Instruments Edited by Josefina J. Card

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The purpose of this book is to provide guidance in measuring constructs that are theoretically and empirically important to research on causes and consequences of adolescent pregnancy and evaluation of programs to prevent adolescent pregnancy or ameliorate its consequences.

The book is divided into four parts. The first part presents the questions from four prominent national surveys: the 1988 National Survey of Family Growth, the 1988 and 1990 National Survey of Adolescent Males, the 1979-1990 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, and the 1976-1987 National Survey of Children. The questions are categorized by topic and the source of each question is referenced. The broad categories of questions include major dependent variables (e.g., initiation of sexual intercourse, contraceptive use, pregnancy and pregnancy resolution), antecedents (e.g., demographics, family context, psychological values, beliefs, and attitudes), and correlates (e.g., health risks and outcomes, schooling, work status, income, and dependency).

Parts 2 and 3 present model measurement instruments to create a minimum data set for evaluating programs aimed at caring for adolescent mothers and their children (Part 2) and programs aimed at preventing adolescent pregnancy (Part 3). The minimum data set in Part 2 was developed several years ago and "has experienced wide support nationwide."

Part 4 contains abstracts of instruments in the Data Archive on Adolescent Pregnancy and Pregnancy Prevention (DAAPPP). According to the editor, these instruments, which are all in the public domain, have passed "strict standards of technical merit, substantive utility, and program or policy relevance." Information on how to order the instruments and obtain statistical consultation from DAAPPP also is provided.

This book could be very useful to anyone doing research or program evaluation in the area of adolescent pregnancy and pregnancy prevention. When designing a measurement instrument to be used in a program evaluation, it is helpful to see what instruments have been used in previous surveys, particularly the large scale national surveys that are so often cited. …

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