Interim Impacts of Teen PEP in New Jersey and North Carolina High Schools

Impact Report from the Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches
Publisher: Cambridge, MA: Mathematica Policy Research
Mar 30, 2016
Dana Rotz, Brian Goesling, Molly Crofton, Christopher Trenholm, Jennifer Manlove, and Kate Welti

Key Findings:

  • Teen PEP succeeded in increasing student exposure to information on reproductive health topics such as abstinence, birth control methods, and STIs.
  • Students in schools that offered Teen PEP reported greater knowledge of preventing pregnancy and STI transmission.
  • We found no evidence of statistically significant impacts of Teen PEP on rates of sexual activity or unprotected sex.
This study reports interim findings from a large-scale demonstration project and evaluation of the Teen Prevention Education Program (Teen PEP), as implemented in New Jersey and North Carolina high schools. Teen PEP is an in-school, peer-to-peer sexual health promotion program that combines peer-led interactive workshops and peer-driven school-wide initiatives in an effort to reduce sexual risk behaviors and associated outcomes among high school students. The study reports interim impacts of the program on sexual risk behaviors and other short-term outcomes measured about 6 months after the program’s conclusion.

Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health

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