Discovery Dating in the Literature

Wise Women Gathering Place is excited to announce our publication in the Journal of Family Social Work! Please find the abstract to the article printed below.

This publication may allow some programs to use our curriculum as "Evidence Based." For more information, or to obtain a copy of our entire journal article, please contact us!


Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention in a Rural Native American Community

JANET W. HAGEN

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

ALICE H. SKENANDORE, BEVERLY M. SCOW,

JENNIFER G. SCHANEN, and FRIEDA HUGO CLARY

Wise Women Gathering Place, Green Bay, Wisconsin

 

Nationally, the United States has a higher rate of teen pregnancy than any other industrialized nation. Native American youth have a higher birth rate than the national rate. A full-year healthy relationship program, based on Native American teachings, traditions, and cultural norms, was delivered to all eighth-grade students at a rural tribal school and a new group of eighth graders every year for 5 years, to teach healthy relationships and encourage abstinence. This article summarizes the Discovery Dating curriculum and compares the participants in the healthy relationship program to the comparison group, at the end of 5 years, in regards of the number of pregnancies as well as self-reported sexual behavior. The comparison group comprises students in the same community who attended a public middle school, rather than the tribal middle school, but the same public high school. All students had a similar age, socioeconomic status, culture, and ethnicity. Students who received the healthy relationship program (treatment group) had fewer pregnancies than the students who did not receive the healthy relationship program (comparison group). Of those who reported that they were sexually active, the students who received the healthy relationship program (treatment group) reported higher condom use than the students who did not receive the healthy relationship program (comparison group).