The C.D.C. reports that a total of 249,078 babies were born to women between the ages of 15 to 19 in 2014. According to The National Campaign, the teen pregnancy rate has decreased 64 percent between 1991 and 2015, but the rate of teenage pregnancy in United States continues to rank consistently higher than those of other western countries. This informative volume contextualizes and explores issues surrounding teen pregnancy. Chapters discuss its causes, social factors that contribute to teen pregnancy, if it is a public health problem, and the various options for pregnant teens.
How big of a concern is teen pregnancy in today’s society? What options do teens have once they get pregnant? This controversial issue is examined in depth, presenting young adults with information from all sides of the debate. Graphs and full-color photographs highlight the discussion of the underlying social factors that are the root causes of teen pregnancy to make readers better informed about these issues. A list of websites gives pregnant teens resources to turn to for support and advice.
Dealing with the issues surrounding teen pregnancy can be difficult, especially as there isn't a standardized way of approaching the topic by families and in schools. Providing teens with comprehensive fact-based sexual education can help them make informed choices about their reproductive health and futures. This thoughtful and informative book helps eliminate the stigma associated with teen parenthood, and a Myths and Facts sidebar helps correct common misconceptions about the topic. Chapters discuss teens' rights to sexual health services and the choices they can make if they become pregnant.
Choosing to become a mother is a difficult choice for any woman. It can be especially difficult for teen mothers without the right kind of support and information. Support is provided within the text, as is the necessary information a new teen mom needs to prepare for the birth of her baby and the first few years of her baby's life.
Essays debate the seriousness of pregnancy among teenagers, the factors that contribute to teen pregnancy, the effectiveness of sex education, good alternatives to teen parenting, and society's view of teenage parents.
The debate of teenage pregnancy and parenthood continues to be a topical media and political issue, and a contested policy area. Covering the controversial issues, this book contributes to the debate, filling the gap in the current market. The strong chapter selection looks at areas such as: education social policy and welfare reforms in the UK and US issues for young fathers child sex abuse girls with emotional and behavioural difficulties. This is invaluable reading for those working on government strategies to reduce teen pregnancies and those working in sex education and youth care.
Teen childbearing in the United States has been declining since 1991, yet we consistently have the highest teen birth rates in the industrialized world. In 1997, Kids Having Kids was the first comprehensive effort to identify the consequences of teen childbearing for the mothers, the fathers, the children, and our society. Rather than simply comparing teen mothers with their childless counterparts, the assembled researchers achieved a new methodological sophistication, seeking to isolate the birth itself from the mother's circumstances and thus discover its true costs. This updated second edition features a new chapter evaluating teen pregnancy interventions, along with revised and updated versions of most first edition chapters.
Teenage pregnancy is a public health concern that is growing more prevalent in both developed and developing countries. Understanding the problems of teenage motherhood and suggesting relevant preventive strategies and interventions can help break the cycle of poverty, poor education, and risky behaviors that can lead to health and child welfare issues. Socio-Cultural Influences on Teenage Pregnancy and Contemporary Prevention Measures is an essential reference source that discusses the causes and factors responsible for early motherhood, as well as the mental and psychological outlooks of teen mothers. Featuring research on topics such as minority populations, family dynamics, and sex education, this book is ideally designed for healthcare students, medical professionals, practitioners, nurses, and counselors seeking coverage on the issues, reasons, and outcomes of teenage pregnancy, as well as preventive strategies to combat teenage motherhood.
"Adolescent pregnancy is an important public health issue and this valuable, well-referenced book covers the risk factors, child-family outcomes, and prevention .This is a very useful book for social workers and other professionals as a single source of current information about adolescent pregnancy and prevention." --Doody's This new edition of Adolescent Pregnancy contains everything a social worker needs to know to address adolescent sexual health risks and the recent rise in teen pregnancy rates. The second edition presents a new focus on cultural competence, presenting up-to-the-minute research on ethnically diverse populations. This edition goes beyond just adolescent pregnancy, discussing STI and HIV risks, as well as drug and alcohol abuse. Other cutting-edge topics include the sexualization of children, secondary prevention, the impact of abstinence-only programs, and controversies over access to birth control and abortion. Key features: Guidelines for identifying pregnancy risk levels in adolescents, and determining appropriate interventions New information about STI and HIV/AIDS prevention strategies Theories of illegitimacy and teen pregnancy, and why pregnancy rates vary among ethnic groups Research on pregnancy prevention programs that help both young men and women avoid unwanted pregnancy Chapters on adolescent parenting, and secondary prevention among adolescent parents With this book, practitioners can provide young men and women with the tools they need to regain control of their lives and their sexual health. A critically important read for social workers, health professionals, and policy makers who are concerned about adolescent pregnancy.
Drawing on interviews and focus groups with young mothers and fathers, their parents and other relatives, this book provides a rich exploration of the experience of being a teenage parent now, and for earlier generations, closely examining teenage pregnancy and parenting in families where two or more generations have been teenage mothers. Brown also explores the cultural and social contexts of teenage parenting by including the views of people who have many years’ experience of working with young parents in health, social and welfare settings. The book challenges policy contexts which focus on negative aspects of teenage parenting, and shows that for many young people, parenting can be a positive experience. It will appeal to academics, policymakers and professionals with an interest in teenage pregnancy and parenting.
Articles offer contrasting views on whether adolescent pregnancy is a problem, reasons why teens get pregnant, preventing pregnancies, choosing abortion or adoption, and social attitudes toward teen parents.
This title examines how teen pregnancy affects individuals and society around the globe, investigates how people are working to educate and support teens, and analyzes the controversies and conflicting viewpoints surrounding the issue. Features include a glossary, selected bibliography, websites, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and essential facts. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
This detailed, exhaustively documented account shows how and why just about everyone in today's teen pregnancy debate is wrong—often disastrously so. * Dozens of cases of original research findings from standard statistical sources that have not been presented in other works * A chronology documents the teenage sex and pregnancy controversy as it has occurred over the past century * Discusses in detail many popular images and fears, including internet predators, "hooking up," "sexting," and media-driven teen sexuality
In MTV and Teen Pregnancy: Critical Essays on 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, contributors from a variety of backgrounds and expertise offer potent essays about the MTV programs 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, and Teen Mom 2. Divided into four parts, each section tackles the controversial representation of teen pregnancy from a different discipline. Part One explores gendered social norms and the shows’ representations of teenage motherhood. Part Two prompts readers to consider the intersections of race, class, gender, and the social and cultural power structures often glossed over in these programs. Part Three turns its attention to teenage fathers, and Part Four draws from TVs representations of reality to discuss the impact these shows may have on the viewing audience. As the debates about these shows continue, this collection provides a valuable critical discourse to be used both inside and outside the classroom.
Finding out you are pregnant, particularly as a teen, can be a frightening and disorienting experience. This text guides readers through important first steps to taking on a potential journey to parenthood, from telling your parents, to finding a medical practitioner, or deciding to terminate a pregnancy. Readers are encouraged to build a support network and to forge a path forward that is comfortable for them, whatever it may be. This text includes a glossary, a For More Information section, and suggestions for additional research to guide students in their reading.
Whether glamorised or stigmatised, teenage parenthood is all too often used to stand for a host of social problems, and empirical research results ignored. Identifying core controversies surrounding teen pregnancy and parenting, this book resolves misperceptions using findings from large-scale, longitudinal, and qualitative research studies from the US and other Western countries. Summarising the evidence and integrating it with a systems perspective, the authors explore ten prevalent myths about teenage parents, including: Teen pregnancy is associated with other behavior problems. Children of teen parents will experience cognitive delay, adjustment problems, and will themselves become teen parents. Better outcomes are achieved when teen mothers live with their own mothers. Teen pregnancy costs tax payers lots of money. Abstinence education is the best way to prevent teen pregnancy. Teen Pregnancy and Parenting ends by highlighting the prevention and intervention implications for families, practitioners, and policymakers. It will be of interest to academics and advanced students from a range of disciplines and professions including psychology, public policy, nursing, social work and sociology.
Birth control by Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight
Author: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight
Category: Birth control
The Subcommittee on Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations of the House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight met to consider the causes of and solutions to teen pregnancy and the role of community organizations in prevention efforts. Opening remarks by Representative Christopher Shays were followed by statements by a number of people with expertise in teen pregnancy prevention, beginning with the statement of Representative Edolphus Towns, which emphasizes that in many cases the fathers of the babies of teenage girls are much older than the mothers. Statements of Representatives Nancy Johnson and Eva M. Clayton further defined the problem and emphasized that solutions must be community based. Remarks and a panel discussion were presented by: (1) Henry W. Foster, Jr., Senior Advisor to the President; (2) Kristin A. Moore, from the National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy; (3) Pat Funderburk Ware, former director of the Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs; and (4) Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Lieutenant Governor of Maryland. The panel discussion of these representatives of national initiatives was followed by a panel discussion of representatives from Best Friends, a program for girls and young women, and the Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Revitalization. The transcribed comments and prepared statements of members of both panels are supplemented by letters, statements, and other documents submitted for the record. Panelists and Congress members were in general agreement that community-based approaches are needed to address the problems of teen pregnancy and that the role of fathers must be strengthened. (SLD)