Interim Impacts of the Teen Options to Prevent Pregnancy Program

Impact Report from the Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
Dec 30, 2015
Authors
Kimberly Smith, Dana Rotz, Brian Goesling, Elizabeth Cook, Kelly Murphy, and Jack Stevens

Key Findings:

  • The T.O.P.P. program was highly successful in increasing participants’ use of LARC methods and reducing the incidence of unprotected sexual intercourse after the first six months of the program.
  • We found no evidence that T.O.P.P.’s focus on reducing barriers to highly effective contraceptive methods had any unintended spillover effects on other sexual risk behaviors that the program did not target.
This study reports interim findings from a large-scale demonstration project and evaluation of Teen Options to Prevent Pregnancy, an 18-month clinic-based intervention designed specifically for pregnant and parenting adolescents. The study reports interim impacts of the program on adolescent sexual risk behaviors and other short-term outcomes measured six months after participants enrolled in the study. A separate report examines the program’s longer-term impacts on repeat pregnancy and sexual risk behaviors at the end of the program.