The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

October 25, 2011

Special Event

The Journal of Applied Research on ChildrenSpecial Issue on Teen Pregnancy in Texas Published in the Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk

A special issue on teen pregnancy in Texas was recently published in the Journal of Applied Research on Children(JARC). Many of the studies published were conducted by researchers from the UTPRC. Some of the key findings for the studies include:

1 in 10 six graders has had sex in Texas

80 percent of parents support some form of sex education in schools beginning in middle school

Hispanic parents demonstrated the highest support of teaching sex education in middle school

Articles in the special issue include:

Adolescent Sexual Behavior: Examining Data from Texas and the U.S.

A Tale of Two States: What We Learn from California and Texas

Dispelling the Myth: What Parents Really think About Sex Education in Schools

Starting a Statewide Campaign to Address Teen Pregnancy Prevention: The Texas Story

Choosing and Maintaining Programs for Sex Education in Schools: The CHAMPSS Model

Does Immediate Access to Birth Control Help Prevention Pregnancy: A Comparison of Onsite Provision Versus Off Campus Referral for Contraception at Two School-Based Clinics

Sexual Health Education from the Perspective of School Staff: Implications for Adoption and Implementation of Effective Programs in Middle School

Special Event

The Texas Freedom NetworkLeadership Development Institute

The Texas Freedom Network Education Fund is sponsoring a special Leadership Development Institute (LDI) on Nov. 12 in Houston. This free workshop will help you build the skills you need to engage and organize local activists, educate people in your community and promote effective public policies. The LDI will feature presenters from Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and the University of Texas-Houston’s School of Public Health. Click on the above link for more information and to register for the event!

In the News

In the NewsLet’s Talk About Sex

October 20, 2011

Houston’s Morning News with Matt Patrick talks with Houston Federation of Teachers Chief Gayle Fallon about the stunning new study conducted by the UTPRC that found 1 in 10 sixth grade students has had sex. Click on the above link to listen to the segment!

Latest Research

Pediatrics and Adolescent MedicineSocial Media May Help Identify College Drinking Problems

Moreno MA, et al. Archive of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. October 2011.

College students who post references to getting drunk, blacking out, or other aspects of dangerous drinking on social networking sites are more likely to have clinically significant alcohol problems than students who do not post such references, according to a study supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Click on the above link to read more.

Funding Opportunities

Funding OpportunitiesHogg Foundation Texas Mental Health Policy Projects

Deadline: November 7, 2011

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health invites eligible organizations to submit proposals for the Texas Mental Health Policy Projects Initiative. This initiative seeks to fund projects that will improve mental health policy in Texas and lead to meaningful, systemic change.

Tools You Can Use

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner's GuideAlcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has just released a guide for healthcare professionals to spot children and teenagers ages 9 to 18 who are at risk for alcohol-related problems, provide brief counseling and refer them to treatment resources if that is indicated. The guide includes a two-question risk assessment as well as links to resources for motivational interviewing. The guide can be downloaded or ordered for free by clicking on the above link.

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October 18, 2011

In this issue: The TX Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Annual Statewide Conference and Family Communication Workshop.