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Taking Charge: A School-Based Life Skills Program for Adolescent Mothers

Mary Beth Harris and Cynthia Franklin

Abstract

Taking Charge is the first empirically tested program of its kind, designed specifically to improve academic achievement and self-sufficiency for adolescent and teenage mothers, who face increased risk of dropping out and experiencing poverty. This eight-session, in-school group-intervention uses cognitive-behavioral principles to bolster life skills such as focusing on action, setting goals, solving problems, and coping. The message embedded in the curriculum is one of self-efficacy and self-confidence, drawing on young women's strengths and teaching them how to manage the challenges of scho ... More

Keywords: academic achievement, self-sufficiency, teenage mothers, dropping out, poverty, cognitive-behavioral principles, life skills, self-efficacy, self-confidence, young women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195172942
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172942.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Beth Harris, author
New Mexico Highlands University School of Social Work

Cynthia Franklin, author
University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work
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