Start Early, Stay Late

January 1, 1998

This report demonstrates how considering key positive youth development characteristics will help promote pregnancy prevention. Specifically, the authors point to being connected to family and school and having a positive view of the future as examples of protective factors found in research that need bolstering to help reduce the likelihood of premature pregnancy. In addition, youth development programs are noted as being useful vehicles for pregnancy prevention because they provide safe places for youth as well as their ability to reach a large number of the youth population.