Onslow County Supports NC Youth Connected

Results from the Onslow County Community Resident Survey* indicate that Onslow County overwhelmingly supports the approach NC Youth Connected is taking to teen pregnancy prevention.

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1)  Nearly all Onslow County residents believe sexual health education will help teens be healthier people.

  • 96% of residents agree that teaching teens about sexual health will help them grow up to be healthy adults; and
  • 9 out of 10 residents agree that teens should have access to information on how to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

2)  Onslow County residents want more than abstinence-only programming to address teen pregnancy.

  • 94% of residents believe that a teen pregnancy prevention program should be offered to teens.
  • Of the 94% who think programs should be offered to teens, 90% think that programming should include information on both abstinence and medically-accurate information on birth control and condoms.

3)  Onslow County residents overwhelmingly want programs that are proven effective.

  • 86% of residents would be more likely to support teen pregnancy prevention programs if there is evidence that the program has contributed to lowering teen pregnancy in other places.

Full Survey Results

Final results from the NC Youth Connected needs assessment are anticipated by end of July 2016. Results will included information compiled from:

  • Onslow County Community Resident Survey*
  • Focus groups with parents and teens
  • Mapping pregnancy rates in the county
  • Identification of gaps in both education and health care
  • Identification of strategies that match needs of youth-serving agencies and organizations

Based on needs assessment findings,  NC Youth Connected partners will implement evidence-based programs and approaches to reduce teen pregnancy in Onslow County – meaning programs that have been proven to work – in a way that reflects the local needs, as well as the values of the community and the opinions of its parents, leaders, and teens.

*About the survey: Clark Research Associates conducted a telephone survey of people representing the general adult population in Onslow County (18-65) from March 16 - April 12, 2016. The survey is fully representative of Onslow county residents with regard to age, race, gender, ethnic origin, military affiliation, and geographic location in the county. Almost half (48%) of respondents are parents. Households with both land and cell phone lines were included in the sample.