Women’s centres (now known as the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation) have
been operating in Jamaica since 1978 and have built up a wealth of information
and experience in the subject of teenage pregnancy and adolescent sexuality.
They have had unrivalled experience of advising, teaching and supporting young
parents and their success rate has been excellent.
last tracer study of the centre attenders was undertaken in 1995 at the 15 / 17
year follow up stage and rendered interesting results which were also useful in
planning further work . At the same
time Youth Support in London were producing their 15 year follow up study of a
two organisations have been associated for two decades. and Dr Birch from
Youth Support has been visiting The Women’s centres since 1986.
now have a unique opportunity to follow up the young parents at the 20 year
stage and conduct a comparative study of both populations. Thanks to the
interest of a International Charities – Youth Support and the ICCYFS
(International Centre for Child Youth and Family Studies) – it is now possible
to undertake this important piece of work and it is hoped that data from a third
site in Los Angeles will also eventually be included.