Special 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:
Leadership 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
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!
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.
Hogg 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
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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