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UNFPA Botswana -- TEENAGE PREGNANCY HIGH IN SCHOOLS
We hypothesize that there should be a negative relationship between norm strength and pregnancy prevalence in higher-consensus, but not lower-consensus, schools. These ideas stem from the social psychological literature, which finds that individuals are more likely to align their behavior with and enforce an existing norm when the norm is strongly held and supported by a general consensus in the group (; ). Strong norms against teen pregnancy may regulate behavior particularly strictly, as evidenced by low teen pregnancy prevalence in the school, when there is high consensus about the norm. Consider two strong-norm high schools whose students, on average, agree that they are embarrassed by the prospect of experiencing a teen pregnancy. The first school has a low variance, suggesting strong consensus among its students in this norm against teen pregnancy. A pregnant teen at this school is likely to face nearly unified negative reactions. The second school has a high variance around the mean: Many students report a norm that is different than their school's average norm. In a school like this, there may be different subpopulations within the school that hold strongly divergent norms about teen pregnancy, or there may be general anomie among the students with widespread disagreement about the norm. In either case, a pregnant teen in this school should find that many peers do not disapprove of her situation. Therefore, schools with both a strong norm against teen pregnancy and strong consensus about the norm should be the most effective at regulating the target behavior. Supporting this notion, found that frames and scripts for teens' sexual behavior were less predictive of teens' actual behaviors in neighborhoods with lower consensus (greater heterogeneity) about these frames and scripts.
How To Prevent Teenage Pregnancy In Schools - Our Family World
The country’s Basic Education National Policy on HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Tuberculosis is a response to the increasing number of teenage pregnancy in schools.