The National Institutes of Health is providing a $100,000 grant to University of Houston researcher Danielle Parish to study 30 pregnant and at-risk 14-17-year-old girls on probation in Houston, Texas.
The study, entitled 'Choices - Teen: A Bundled Risk Reduction Intervention for Juvenile Justice Females,' will determine ways to help the girls avoid pregnancy, including better "condom negotiation," reports WashingtonExaminer.com.
The University of Houston says the goal is to determine if intervention programs will help the teens make better life decisions.
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Apparently, one of the big problems that young girls have is talking their boyfriends into using condoms.
An University of Houston press release states: "Parrish notes one of the big issues for this population of adolescent girls is condom negotiation. They may have a boyfriend who says it isn't 'cool' to use a condom. To prepare the girls for these types of situations, the counselors and pediatricians will teach them how to negotiate condom use with their partner. The intervention also helps empower and motivate girls to make healthier choices regarding their alcohol use, smoking and prevention of unplanned pregnancy."