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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Department of Nursing
The pregnancy rate among 15- to 17-year-old women in Harrisonburg is double Virginia's state rate (Townsend, 2008). While meeting administers and guidance counselors of Harrisonburg High School we learned that Harrisonburg High School views this issue as one that cannot be addressed by teaching abstinence in their public school. They have found that because of cultural beliefs, abstinence is not an effective tool for preventing teenage pregnancy. Instead, HHS teaches their students about safe sexual practices and how to have a healthy pregnancy in the event they were to become pregnant. The high school offers a class called “Child and Family Development” which focuses on the healthy development of a family unit. The purpose of our collaborative honors thesis was to spread awareness about pertinent topics which would be beneficial not only to women dealing with teenage pregnancy, but also to any student thinking of becoming a parent or healthcare professional in the future.
Moran, Mollie M.; Corser, Jennifer E.; and Glauber, Julia M., "Family and Child Development Education for Harrisonburg Adolescents" (2015). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current. 33.