An estimated nine percent — or 900,000 — of young men between the ages of 12 and 16 will become fathers before their twentieth birthday, based on a recent survey.Research and data collection efforts have tended to focus on female adolescents. As a result, less is known about the strategies and approaches for effectively engaging males in preventing teen pregnancies or even about their attitudes toward being a father. Clearly, the behavior of adolescent males is also central to preventing teenage pregnancy and childbearing. Research and programs are increasing the focus on the role of males in teenage pregnancy and childrearing. During May 2012, OAH held an event, “Let’s Hear about the Boys: Engaging Adolescent Males in Teen Pregnancy Prevention” to elevate the importance of engaging adolescent males in preventing teen pregnancies
The Office of Adolscent Health created this resource which includes challenges and strategies for how to engage teen boys and young men in STD and pregnancy prevention.