ERIC Number: ED327594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
The Male Role in Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting: New Directions for Public Policy.
Vera Inst. of Justice, New York, NY.
Early, unplanned childbearing is often harmful for young fathers as well as for young mothers, their children, and society. The development of policies and programs for males who are at risk of becoming or who have already become fathers to children of teenage mothers should recognize and address the needs of young males as well as those of women, children, and taxpayers. This report suggests the following criteria for the continuing development of these policies and programs: (1) they should be concerned with the economic empowerment of the disadvantaged; (2) they should be developmentally appropriate in their services and demands; and (3) they should show explicit concern for issues of sex equity. The report recommends that these criteria be applied in the following three areas: (1) prevention of unwanted pregnancies; (2) child support; and (3) services for young fathers. Research and interventions are summarized for each area. Strategies discussed include the following: (1) promoting easy access to contraception; (2) addressing needs for education, training, and employment; and (3) developing curricula and staff training methods explicitly to help young fathers participate in various aspects of child rearing and share responsibility for planning and raising families. Statistical data in five tables are included. Endnotes and an 80-item reference list are appended. (AF)
Descriptors: Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Child Rearing, Child Support, Early Parenthood, Fathers, Intervention, Males, Parent Role, Poverty, Pregnancy, Prevention, Public Policy, Youth Programs
Ford Foundation, Office of Communications, 320 East 43rd St., New York, NY 10017.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Vera Inst. of Justice, New York, NY.