The Power of Plain Talk

Exploring One Program's Influence on the Adolescent Reproductive Health Field

Posted May 1, 2006
By Public/Private Ventures
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Launched by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in the early 1990s, Plain Talk was a community-based initiative to reduce teen pregnancy through adult/teen communication about sex. The key element is parental involvement. To determine if Plain Talk had a positive influence on the field's view of parental involvement, and on a number of other related issues, interviews were conducted with leaders from prominent teen sexuality organizations. This report compiles the results.

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Key Takeaway

Plain Talk supports parents in talking to teens about sex

Interviewees described Plain Talk as unique and needed for the following reasons:

  • It empowers parents;
  • It provides accurate information to parents;
  • It is community based and reflects the culture of the community;
  • It respects parents’ values;
  • It respects teens' feelings and opinions;
  • It gets the community working together to solve the problem; and
  • It changes social norms.