Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Hall, E. Michael

Committee Member

Hunt, P. Barry

Committee Member

Briley, A. Chiquita

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Health Promotion

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion


Troup County, Georgia has been afflicted with elevated teen pregnancy and subsequent teen pregnancy rates. As a result, Circle of Care was developed to reduce the subsequent teen pregnancy rate within Troup County. Circle of Care works with pregnant and parenting teens and their families to enhance their quality of life. A case manager provides information, education and support to enable the teens to stay in school, prevent subsequent teen pregnancies, and prevent child abuse and neglect. This study evaluates the effectiveness of Circle of Care by determining if intensity and duration of program participation have an impact on achieving the desired outcomes for program participants. The results of this research suggest that Circle of Care is reducing subsequent teen pregnancies, increasing educational attainment and decreasing child abuse and neglect among program participants.