Comprehensive evaluation of a teen pregnancy and parenting program: A principal's educational model

Kathleen Anne Thornton, University of Pennsylvania


The problem in this study was to evaluate the extent to which the Kennett Teen Parenting Program (KTPP) has met its stated goals during its first five years of operation. The samples studied included 72 program participants, seven nonparticipants and four teen fathers. Demographic, educational and pregnancy data were examined by means of chi square tests and interviews were conducted with selected subsamples. The results revealed that the KTPP was effective in reducing the dropout rate of pregnant and parenting teens. The program, moreover, was found to be more beneficial for some participants than for others. Specifically, the graduates, compared with the program dropouts, achieved consistently superior educational and vocational outcomes and had significantly lower rates of repeat pregnancies and births. It was concluded that, although the KTPP has been largely successful in meeting its goals, several program modifications might further enhance its effectiveness. Based on the results of the study a model was proposed that could be used in any high school setting. The model consists of: a change agent as the central feature, with the authority to make timely decisions, an academic and tutorial program, a sexuality education component, focusing on contraceptive use by boys and girls, a life skills segment including work study and job training.

Subject Area

School administration|Secondary education|Academic guidance counseling|Home economics education

Recommended Citation

Thornton, Kathleen Anne, "Comprehensive evaluation of a teen pregnancy and parenting program: A principal's educational model" (1992). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI9308670.