The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

October 30, 2012

Special Event

Walk to Action: Prevent Child Abuse in Texas

November 3, 2012, San Antonio Texas

Prevent Child Abuse Texas (PCATX), a statewide non-profit organization working to prevent child abuse and neglect in all its forms throughout Texas, will be holding their fundraising event: “Walk to Action” this November. Participants will enjoy a 20 mile scenic route with the closing ceremony in the Alamo Plaza, breakfast and lunch are included. There will also be information on child abuse in Texas and steps to prevent it. Click on the link above to register!


In the News

Texas Teens Need the Facts About Sex

Houston Chronicle, October 28, 2012

In this op-ed piece, Dr. Susan Tortolero discusses the pressing issue of teen pregnancy in Texas and its widespread implications and effects on youth’s health, their future aspirations and capabilities as well as the prosperity of the community. The author discusses how ‘It’s Your Game…Keep It Real’ was developed, its proven track record in helping students delay sexual initiation, and its popularity with students, teachers, and parents alike. Click the link above to read more!


Latest Research

Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion in the United States and Europe: Why So Different?

Bachrach, C., Compernolle, L.P., Helfferich, C., Lindhal, K., Van der Vlugt, I. (2012). National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

The US and Europe have often been compared in terms of their rates and participation in contraceptive use, unplanned pregnancy and abortion- especially within the teen population. In this in depth report, Europe and the US are compared on a number of variables in order to see the impact on teen pregnancy. Researchers found that low levels of contraceptive use during the early reproductive years in combination with limited reliance on the ‘pill’ or IUD may be responsible for the high US abortion rate. Click on the link to read more!


Tools You Can Use

Public Opinion on Contraception and Unplanned Pregnancy

Despite its widespread use and support in the US, contraceptive use is a very contentious topic especially in regards to teens’ ability to access and use them. In this new poll, commissioned by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, results show that many Americans use contraceptives, agree that it is important in preventing unplanned pregnancy, and that people including teens should have access to the contraceptive of their choice. Click on the link above to download the report!


Tools You Can Use

‘It’s Your Game…Keep It Real’  Frequently Asked Questions

‘It’s Your Game…Keep It Real’ or IYG is the UTPRC’s pregnancy prevention program for middle school students. This interactive web-based program teaches students skills on how to be abstinent, maintain healthy relationships and protect personal values as well as information on the human body. It has been proven effective by two rigorous studies and has won numerous awards for its content and approach. Click on the above link to get answers to some of your frequently asked questions about IYG!


Funding Opportunities

DELTA FOCUS (Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances, Focusing on Outcomes for Communities United with States)

Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Deadline: November 5, 2012

This grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is to promote the prevention of intimate partner violence (IPV) through the implementation and evaluation of comprehensive and coordinated approaches and strategies. These strategies will address the structural determinants of health at the outer layers (societal and community) of the social ecological model (SEM) that also coordinate with existing prevention strategies at the inner layers of the SEM.  Click on the link to learn more!


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Texas Teens Need the Facts About Sex

UTPRC Director Dr. Susan Tortolero's editorial on It's Your Game...Keep It Real (IYG) was recently published in the Houston Chronicle.