Annotation: This report outlines five key barriers to contraceptive use among adolescents and young adults and provides action steps that the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy could take to overcome these barriers. The information in the report is based on a literature review as well as on two advisory group meetings in which reproductive, pediatric, and family health professionals expored (1) barriers faced by health professionals and their clients related to preventing unintended pregnancy and using contraception consistently and (2) potential real-life solutions to overcome these barriers. The report provides background and current statistics and then presents information on the five barriers: (1) insufficient education for health professionals, (2) Insufficient opportunities for continuing education among health professionals, (3) high costs, difficulties with reimbursement, and lack of quality assurance, (4) Insufficient broad-based messages and information for consumers, and (5) confusion caused by shifting gender roles, coupled with limited access to reproductive health services for men. References are included for each section.
Contact: Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, 1901 L Street, N.W., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 466-3825 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: http://www.arhp.org Available from the website.
Keywords: Adolescent behavior, Adolescent pregnancy, Adolescent sexuality, Barriers, Continuing education, Contraceptive use, Costs, Education, Health care services, Literature reviews, Prevention, Quality assurance, Reimbursement, Reproductive health, Young adults