Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy: An Interpersonal Problem-Solving Approach

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Prevention In Human Services


The relationship between three generic interpersonal problem-solving skills and contraceptive use was explored through interviews with 283 teenage girls living in Philadelphia. Contraceptive users had the highest scores and pregnant girls had the lowest scores on measures of the ability to plan the steps to reach a goal and the ability to generate alternative solutions to interpersonal problems. Some problern-solving skills were also positively related to the ability to articulate problems with the pill and to the ability to give specific, as opposed to general, reasons for selecting a method of birth control. These findings provide a rationalc for expanding prevention programs to include training in interpersonal problem solving.

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