Young Men Are Strong
Young Men Are Strong is a teen pregnancy prevention
program for adolescent males who are at high risk for becoming
teen fathers, having a second child while a teen, or fathering
a child with an adolescent female when older. The goal of
the group is to maximize young men's potential to become healthy
and responsible adults. Participants examine how men have
been traditionally socialized by their culture, environment
and society and are encouraged to be active, responsible fathers.
This education/support group model
includes ten 1.5-hour sessions offered weekly. Topics are: Learning About the Group;
Act Like a Man; Feelings & Defenses; Communication; Chemically Dependent Families;
Families; Relationships (and abuse); Sexual Responsibility; Decision Making; and
Roles & Responsibilities of Fatherhood.
At the completion of
group, participants showed significant improvement on measures of
- Chemical dependency
- Emotional functioning
- Use of birth control
- Participants were
- less likely to agree that "I always do what my friends
want me to do"
- more likely
- to agree that "I know how to say no and refuse" - demonstrating increased self-control
- to belong to an organized group where they felt
respected and accepted - demonstrating social competency
- To demonstrate social competency
- To indicate they had strong relationship with an adult
- Participants demonstrated decreased use of drugs (cocaine and speed).