Manhood 2.0 evaluation
Since 2016, Child Trends has collaborated with Promundo and the Latin American Youth Center to evaluate the Manhood 2.0 program, an adaptation of Promundo’s internationally recognized Program H curriculum. Manhood 2.0 encourages adolescent and young adult males, ages 16 to 22, to discuss gender norms, masculinity, and fatherhood as a gateway to a broader discussion about contraceptive use, violence, and teen pregnancy prevention. For this pilot study of Manhood 2.0, young men were recruited through a local youth center, high schools, and from the broader metropolitan community of Washington, DC.
This brief describes qualitative findings from focus groups with young men who participated in the Manhood 2.0 program. Key themes highlight young men’s experiences discussing topics of rigid gender norms, masculinity, power, and pregnancy prevention, as well as how young men’s life experiences may influence their responses to a teen pregnancy prevention program. The brief also presents what participants reported they learned during the program, as well as their opinions on the delivery of the program and their relationships with the facilitators.
Unplanned pregnancy can have a long-lasting impact on the lives of young men. However, few initiatives focused on reducing teen pregnancy include men in pregnancy planning and prevention efforts. This blog highlights promising strategies from Manhood 2.0 that other programs can use to improve young men’s communication with sex partners about birth control and pregnancy, as well as young men’s ability to accurately report their partner’s contraceptive use.
Women are often given advice about sexual violence prevention, but neither women nor men receive much formal education on the topic. This blog highlights programs such as Manhood 2.0 that emphasize, as a primary prevention strategy, how conventional gender norms contribute to sexual violence perpetration.
- Presented at Healthy Teen Network’s 2017 Annual Conference, October 3-4, 2017, by Jenita Parekh, Jane Kato-Wallace, Jennifer Manlove, and Makedah Johnson
- Description: Many economically disadvantaged teen and young adult men become parents without planning to and often before finishing high school, becoming employed, or entering a stable relationship. These males may continue to have children with new partners, creating complex family structures and limited resources for their children. This roundtable presentation explored factors that contribute to the disconnect between young men’s desires to avoid unplanned pregnancies and their sexual and contraceptive use behaviors, and how to develop innovative strategies that engage men in pregnancy prevention.