Academic journal article Family Relations

Maltreatment and Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Program: A Community Awareness Model

Academic journal article Family Relations

Maltreatment and Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Program: A Community Awareness Model

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Pike, L. B., & Wittstruck, G. (2000). Maltreatment and Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Program: A Community Awareness Model. Columbia, MO: Center on Adolescent Sexuality, Pregnancy, and Parenting. Price: $150 (1 [800] 292 0969).

Maltreatment and Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Program: A Community Awareness Model (MAPPP) includes a videotape and a three-ring binder with more than 200 pages of reviews of literature and ideas for presentation around the issues of maltreatment of girls who will be teen mothers, teens who are pregnant, and maltreatment of the children of teen mothers. The stated purpose of the material is to "increase community awareness of the issue of maltreatment and how it relates to adolescent pregnancy and the potential for maltreatment of the children of adolescent mothers" (p. 129).

There are many positive aspects that would lead me to recommend the program. First, there are suggestions for leading discussions with social service professionals, community health care professional, teachers, justice system professionals, or others who are concerned with the issues of adolescent maltreatment and pregnancy. Those suggestions include both talking points and overhead masters.

Second, the program includes excellent ideas for identifying the community need, creating community coalitions, raising community awareness, and developing a plan of action. Useful techniques such as mind mapping and asset mapping are described.

Third, the review of the relevant studies is especially impressive. For example, there are 12 pages of information related to maltreatment prior to adolescent pregnancy. There are full references and summary information provided about each study. Likewise, there are sections on the research related to maltreatment during adolescent pregnancy and the maltreatment of children of adolescent mothers. There is a list of pertinent Web, video, and print resources as well as suggested exercises.

The authors have been thorough, clear, and professional. As with all programs, MAPPP has limitations. The most serious is imposed by the program's purpose to increase community awareness of maltreatment and teen pregnancy. As a result, it does not provide prevention strategies. Also, it does not provide any parent training or deal with broad issues of family maltreatment. …

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