GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY (THE)
GirlTalk is a research program with a goal to extend interpregnancy intervals for parenting teen mothers through building their positive relationships, healthy reproductive practices and strong youth assets to enhance attitudes and behaviors associated with successful delay of pregnancy. GirlTalk has been successful in recruiting 249 teens and their mother figures. Supplemental funds extended the end date for period of performance to April 2011 to allow completion of intervention and follow up for research interviews. This study followed teen mothers participating in a community based intervention with individual and group components compared to a usual care group of teen mothers to compare: increased interpregnancy intervals; increased knowledge of health practices; healthier attitudes, e.g., future orientation, self perceptions; reduced risky behavioral practices, especially related to reproductive health and substance use; improved communication and relationships with family, partner, peer, and health care providers; and improved ecological connectedness: school, work, spirituality / church, community. In addition, this supplement provided a summer research experiences for one (1) science educator and one (1) college student in health-related scientific research.