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Adolescent Pregnancy and Poverty [microform] : Implications for Social Policy / Clara L. Johnson
Bib ID 5225448
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Johnson, Clara L
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1971 
12 p. 
Summary

Adolescent pregnancy is examined from 2 viewpoints: (1) the marital status of young adolescent girls who become mothers at a too young age is less relevant to the social problem of adolescent pregnancy than the attendant adverse effects, i.e., adolescent pregnancy, per se, rather than illegitimacy is the social problem; and (2) too early marriage and/or child rearing predispose young girls to disadvantages which are directly related to poverty conditions. Data from Vital Statistics Reports and from empirical studies are utilized to establish similarities between married and unwed teenage girls with respect to fertility patterns, socioeconomic level, and access to life's choices. The presumed relationship between too early marriage and/or child rearing and the incidence of poverty is noted from the standpoint of (a) decreased time and energy and/or lack of opportunity for continued educational pursuits, (b) low, income level, and (c) excess fertility. The"high risks" of pregnancy and childbearing to young girls and their infants is also considered. These major conclusions are drawn: (1) in relation to poverty, the timing of the first birth may be of greater strategic importance than the ultimate size of the family; and (2) adolescent pregnancy is far less a moral problem than it is a socioeconomic and health problem. (Author)

Notes

ERIC Note: Paper presented at annual meetings of The Society for the Study of Social Problems, Denver, Colo., August 28-29, 1971.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Adolescents.  |  Behavioral Science Research.  |  Females.  |  Illegitimate Births.  |  Pregnancy.  |  Social Problems.  |  Unwed Mothers.
Other authors/contributors Regional Inst. of Social Welfare Research, Athens, GA
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