A history of pregnancy is the number of pregnancies a woman has experienced in her lifetime. This may or may not reflect the number of childbirths she has had. 

Pregnancy data are typically collected using self-report questionnaires. Progress on this indicator can be assessed at an individual level by recording the number of pregnancies, or at an aggregate level, by tracking the percent of participants who report a first and/or second pregnancy. Data on teen pregnancy could be collected about twice per year, to track changes in this outcome.

If the program does not appear to be preventing or reducing teen pregnancy, program managers may want to assess problems related to program design, implementation, and quality.

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Sources Cited

Kirby, D. (2007). Emerging Answers 2007: Research Findings on Programs to Reduce Teen Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Washington, D.C.: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. 

Woodward, L., Fergusson, D.M., and Horwood, L. J. (2001). Risk Factors and Life Processes Associated with Teenage Pregnancy: Results of a Prospective Study From Birth to 20 Years. Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 1170-1184.