Being targeted: Young women's experience of being identified for a teenage pregnancy prevention programme

Sorhaindo, A., Bonell, C., Fletcher, A., Jessiman, P., Keogh, P. and Mitchell, K. (2016) Being targeted: Young women's experience of being identified for a teenage pregnancy prevention programme. Journal of Adolescence, 49, pp. 181-190. (doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.03.013) (PMID:27088658)

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Abstract

Research on the unintended consequences of targeting ‘high-risk’ young people for health interventions is limited. Using qualitative data from an evaluation of the Teens & Toddlers Pregnancy Prevention programme, we explored how young women experienced being identified as at risk for teenage pregnancy to understand the processes via which unintended consequences may occur. Schools' lack of transparency regarding the targeting strategy and criteria led to feelings of confusion and mistrust among some young women. Black and minority ethnic young women perceived that the assessment of their risk was based on stereotyping. Others felt their outgoing character was misinterpreted as signifying risk. To manage these imposed labels, stigma and reputational risks, young women responded to being targeted by adopting strategies, such as distancing, silence and refusal. To limit harmful consequences, programmes could involve prospective participants in determining their need for intervention or introduce programmes for young people at all levels of risk.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mitchell, Dr Kirstin
Authors: Sorhaindo, A., Bonell, C., Fletcher, A., Jessiman, P., Keogh, P., and Mitchell, K.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:Journal of Adolescence
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0140-1971
Published Online:16 April 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents
First Published:First published in Journal of Adolescence 49:181-190
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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