Findings

The DFY research project is supported by the Administration for Children and Families of the Department of Health and Human Services, in cooperation with the Office of Adolescent Health, through a funding opportunity to support demonstration projects that use innovative strategies to prevent pregnancies among youth through the Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies (PREIS) program.
Development for Youth Take Charge! was measured against another program called Healthy Living to determine its effectiveness. The following data describes the impact of that program on the sexual behaviors of the participating youth in eight New York City foster care agencies.

What is the impact of DFY: Take Charge! relative to Healthy Living on contraceptive use during the past 3 months one year after the end of the program?

One year after the end of the program, foster care youth who participated in DFY: Take Charge! in Years 4 and 5 were less likely by eighteen percentage points to have engaged in sex without birth control in the past three months compared to youth in the control condition after adjusting for the effects of gender, race/ethnicity, age, cohort and use of birth control at baseline (t = 2.17; p < .03)