ERIC Number: ED368720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Early Childbearing: Perspectives of Black Adolescents on Pregnancy, Abortion, and Contraception. Sage Library of Social Research 192.
Freeman, Ellen W.; Rickels, Karl
This book reports on the Penn Study of Teenage Pregnancy, which examined issues surrounding adolescent pregnancy, abortion, and childbearing. Participants were African-American teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 from disadvantaged urban backgrounds. Based on individual interviews over 2 years in the early 1980s, the study provided details about the teenagers' attitudes, perceptions and decisions; investigated their background characteristics, sexual knowledge, and behavior; examined feelings about pregnancy; compared adolescents who terminated a first pregnancy to those who delivered; and identified the behavioral, psychological and social differences of matched never-pregnant teens. The nine chapters in the volume are titled as follows: (1) "Studying the Problem of Teenage Pregnancy"; (2) "Risking Pregnancy: Avoidance, Ignorance, and Delay of Contraceptive Use"; (3) "Wanting Pregnancy: Teenagers' Attitudes, Goals, and Perceived Support"; (4) "Choosing Abortion or Delivery: Influences and Outcomes"; (5) "Avoiding Childbearing: Teenagers Who Terminated a First Pregnancy Compared to Never-Pregnant Peers"; (6) "Pregnancies After Study Enrollment: 'Pregnant Because They Are Different or Different Because They Are Pregnant?'"; (7) "Family Involvement: Preventing Early Teenage Childbearing"; (8) "Male Teenagers and Contraception"; and (9) "Conclusions and Recommendations." Six appendices provide information on measurement instruments and assessment points in the study; statistical procedures used; summary of theoretical framework with main variables for analysis; background characteristics of the sample at enrollment (percent distribution); statistical tables; and an initial interview questionnaire. The bibliography includes approximately 200 titles. (LL)
Descriptors: Abortions, Adolescents, Black Students, Decision Making, Disadvantaged Youth, Females, Health Education, High School Students, High Schools, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Knowledge Level, Males, Pregnant Students, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics, Unwed Mothers, Urban Demography
SAGE Publications, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320 (clothbound: ISBN-0-8039-5282-1; paperback: ISBN-0-8039-5283-X).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers: African Americans; University of Pennsylvania