By Bonnie J. Ross Leadbeater
During this booklet the authors learn intensive the lives of inner-city adolescent moms, going past stereotypes to light up the varied pathways to younger maturity taken by way of those younger women. different methods they reply to changing into a mother or father mirror a number skills, aspirations, and helps. Their often-creative options to dwelling in poverty, the depth in their wants to make their kid's lives higher, the peak in their younger ambition once they prevail, and the intensity in their ache once they fail, all exhibit a shocking diversity. The authors argue that adolescent moms who input younger maturity with the talents and needs to take care of themselves and their childrens are usually not the resilient few and current a long research of the multidimensional tactics that result in and signify this resilience. In making confident feedback for social welfare guidelines and reforms, this publication serves as a fantastic version of the $64000 makes use of of qualitative examine for knowing the adolescent event. greater than that, the booklet stands proud between others by way of this social coverage point of view and its specialise in encouraging adolescent moms to arrive their potentials. This quantity goals to draw those that desire to examine extra in regards to the adolescent adventure with out getting misplaced within the element of the tools and analyses. To this finish, the most physique of the textual content provides common equipment and effects. Scholarly info of the paintings are put in appendices to which the reader can refer. A moment spotlight is the inclusion of impressionistic fabric, similar to fees from the adolescent moms who have been contributors during this study. Such fabric brings to lifestyles the genuine problems with very actual adolescents--their triumphs and struggles, their riches and poverty, their strengths and weaknesses.
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Moreover, states with higher benefits do not have higher teenage fertility rates. Nonetheless, the visibility of adolescent mothers as welfare recipients continues to overwhelm this evidence relating welfare benefits and the teenage birth rate. The tension between Page 13 teenage pregnancy and parenting as moral or as social problems continues, but the social context of this debate has changed dramatically. CHANGING SOCIAL NORMS: SEXUAL ACTIVITY AND THE CHOICES OF AMERICAN ADOLESCENTS Declining Birth Rates to Teens Estimates of how many adolescents became sexually active before their 18th birthday were largely unavailable prior to the 1978 publication of Zelnick and Kanter’s surveys of sexual activity, contraceptive use, and pregnancy among teenagers.
This volume serves as an excellent example of the new format in our series. More than that, it serves as an ideal model of the important uses of qualitative re- Page xii search for understanding the adolescent experience. In this book, the authors draw on their in-depth examination of inner-city adolescent mothers to make constructive suggestions for social welfare policies and reforms. This book stands out among others by its social policy perspective and its focus on encouraging adolescent mothers to reach their potentials.
There is little doubt that depressive symptoms in young women with children increase the likelihood of negative outcomes for both these women and their children. , 1986; Nathanson, 1991). S. birth rate for teens was twice as high and the abortion rate for teens almost three times as high as those in Canada, despite similar levels of adolescent sexual activity in the two countries (Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1994). S. rates, including a wider gap between rich and poor; limited access to and motivation for education, jobs, health care, contraception, or abortions; less openness about sexuality on the part of parents and educators (but not peers or the media); lack of media reinforcement of responsible contraception; and lack of societal consensus about the morality (or immorality) of premarital sexuality.