Efforts to deal with teen-age pregnancy have long been flawed by lack of attention to young males. Yet teen-age sex and pregnancy are not just the concern or responsibility of young girls.
Fortunately, Maryland authorities concerned with children and youth have recognized this gap in the system. New programs in pregnancy prevention now include males. Here's why:
Nationwide in 1987, at least 105,364 teen-age boys became fathers and 85,637 babies were born to parents who were both teens, according to the Governor's Council on Adolescent Pregnancy. To reduce such statistics, new programs geared to young males offer various approaches: delaying sexual initiation, sex education, decision-making, parent involvement, teen theater, condom distribution, male outreach and family planning.