The purpose of this assignment is tosummarize and synthesize findings from three peer-reviewed research articles and demonstrate your ability to apply course material to a real-world issue.
The Hypothetical Scenario
Metropolis Unified School District (MUSD) consists of 10 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 5 high schools. The district serves an ethnically diverse student population that is roughly 45% Hispanic/Latino, 20% White, 20% African American, 13% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 2% other. The superintendent of MUSD, Dr. Lane, is greatly concerned about the region’s teen pregnancy rates. Metropolis County’s teen pregnancy rate is higher than nationwide rates with roughly 33 pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15-19. Dr. Lane is seeking an intervention strategy to help with this problem.
She is considering investing $75,000 into a teen pregnancy prevention program that EITHER uses realistic infant simulators designed to give students a hands-on experience as a teen parent, OR forces all students to watch the entire first season of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant. However, in this time of deep cuts to school budgets and constraints on students’ time, she does not want to invest significant money or energy into an intervention strategy unless there is research-based evidence showing it is actually effective.
Your task is to evaluate the research on its effectiveness, and write a letter to the MUSD superintendent, arguing whether or not spending money on this strategy would be a good or bad investment. More specifically, you will summarize and synthesize the findings from three scholarly articles:
MTV’s 16 and Pregnant Articles
Aubrey, J. S., Behm-Morawitz, E., & Kim, K. (2014). Understanding the effects of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant on adolescent girls’ beliefs, attitudes, and behavioral intentions toward pregnancy. Journal of Health Communication, 19, 1145-1160.
Kearney, M. S., & Levine, P. B. (2015). Media influences on social outcomes: The impact of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant on teen childbearing. American Economic Review, 105, 3597-3632.
Wright, P. J., Randall, A. K., & Arroyo, A. (2013). Father-daughter communication about sex moderates the association between exposure to MTV’s 16 and Pregnant/Teen Mom and female students’ pregnancy-risk behavior. Sexuality and Culture, 17, 50-66.
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