Helping students prevent pregnancy is an important, but often overlooked, part of improving student success. In fact, 61% of women who have children after enrolling in community college fail to finish their degrees, which is 65% higher than the rate for those who didn't have children.
You may think, "By the time they arrive at college, students already know everything about how to prevent pregnancy." Indeed, most students themselves think they have all the information they need as well. However, research shows that myths, misinformation, and magical thinking are all too common among young adults when it comes to preventing unplanned pregnancy.
The three lessons in Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy and Completing College can help students address these information gaps and take action to prevent unplanned pregnancy. The lessons are designed to help students understand the impact of unplanned pregnancy on their educational goals, their social lives, their significant relationships, and their finances. Students learn about various birth control methods; select the most appropriate method(s) for their values, lifestyles, and relationships; and create an action plan to decrease their chances of unplanned pregnancy.
By offering the lessons, instructors can provide students with valuable information, without needing to become experts on these topics themselves or using class time. Each of the three lessons may be completed in 30-40 minutes. They can easily be incorporated into first-year experience, college success, and other courses.
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