Teen Age Parent Project (TAPP). Final Report.

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Cooperative Educational Service Agency No. 5, Portage, WI.
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This report discusses the Teen Age Parent Program (TAPP), a school-based program for teen parents, which began in December 1986 and continued through December 1988 in 2 school districts in Wisconsin. In both districts, TAPP involved 4 components: support groups for teen mothers; support groups for teen fathers; support groups for extended family members; and volunteer parent aides. The program served 100 teen mothers, 42 teen fathers, and 60 extended family members in the 2 districts. Both school districts chose to allocate money from their regular budgets to continue the program activities. In both districts it was felt that the support groups for teen mothers were the most successful aspect. Participants' scores on the Child Abuse Potential Inventory decreased, indicating the positive effects of the program in reducing the potential for child abuse. Products of the project included a support group report and a manual, as well as a manual for volunteer parent aides. Portions of these manuals are quoted in the narrative of the report.

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