Adolescent Pregnancy: Policy and Prevention Services

Adolescent Pregnancy: Policy and Prevention Services

Adolescent Pregnancy: Policy and Prevention Services

Adolescent Pregnancy: Policy and Prevention Services

Synopsis

This study provides social workers with research-based advice for developing youth pregnancy prevention programs and policies that take into account young people's different levels of early sex, pregnancy, and parenthood experiences. Farber (social work, U. of South Carolina) also considers the special needs of children of teens, and the links between alcohol, drug use, early sex and pregnancy. Brown (social work, S. Carolina College) and Shapiro (social work and research, Bryn Mawr College) each contribute a chapter to the book. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Excerpt

The first time I had sex—everybody says you're always going to remember
it—I couldn't even tell you what happened if I wanted to. It's not like I was
drinking or anything because I don't drink and I don't smoke. I was always
so mean to every other boy—why him? I don't know why I did it. It's hard
to say what my feelings were. I'm not the type of person who dwells on
thinking about something I'm going to do.

(Middle-class black teen mother)

I always thought I was weird 'cause I was the only girl not having sex, that
didn't do anything with anybody … I was going out with people, but it was
like they got mad. They said, [Well, she's not giving nothin' to you?] I said,
[Well, bye …] Then I hit 16, I don't know what came over me. One night
I just decided to try it, and tired of people calling, [Dang, you don't never
do nothin', you should try it.] You know, it was more like peer pressure.

(Lower-class black teen mother)

I had a lot of problems before I was pregnant… with drugs. [Friends] were
like drinking or smoking marijuana, or doing coke—a lot… I was doing
drugs and doing them maybe every other day. I don't think my parents knew
what was happening.

(Middle-class white teen mother)

I just happened to get messed up in a situation where I had sex … I was at
[the boy's] beck and call, it was just ridiculous. But circumstances were very,
very pressuring. I'd always believed that no, you don't do that until marriage.
And then I got involved with Bruce, and it was like, [Boy, I really care about
this guy a lot… and what he wants, I'll do.] I'd never had anyone that really
liked me that much or paid that much attention to me … I just got in over
my head.

(Middle-class white teen mother)

I am asked frequently by social welfare professionals, reporters, politicians, neighbors, and other interested individuals to name the reason why teenagers become pregnant and bear children, especially at a time . . .

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