Teen Parent Units Impact Evaluation

This study evaluated a unique intervention in New Zealand where some teenage mothers have the opportunity to receive their schooling at a Teen Parent Unit (TPU). These TPUs are specifically designed for teenagers who are pregnant or already parents.  Evaluation of this intervention helps to establish whether poor schooling outcomes for teen mothers can be offset through schooling opportunities that are designed around the needs of young mothers.  Researchers found that teen mothers with access to TPUs had better educational outcomes than those with no access. This research was conducted through the linkage of social sector administrative data.

Publications

Vaithianathan, R., Maloney, T., Wilson, M., Staneva, A., & Jiang, N. (2017). Impact of School-based Support on Educational Outcomes of Teen-mothers: Evidence from New Zealand’s “teen Parent Units”. Ministry of Social Development.

Researchers including Rhema Vaithianathan and Tim Maloney (CSDA Co-Director 2016-2019) found New Zealand teenage mothers with access to Teen Parent Units (TPUs) had better educational outcomes than those with no access. This research was conducted through the linkage of social sector administrative data.

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Quick facts

Location: New Zealand

Partner/s: Ministry of Social Development (NZ)

Timeframe: 2016-2017