ERIC Number: ED041300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Adolescents as Mothers: Results of a Program for Low Income Pregnant Teen-Agers with Some Emphasis upon Infants' Development.
Osofsky, Howard J.; Osofsky, Joy D.
Data is presented which demonstrates that poor and/or nonwhite pregnant adolescents are high risk individuals from medical, educational and social points of view. Specific problems in all three areas are described and the results of a program, initiated to offer meaningful solutions, are discussed. The Young Mothers Educational Development (YMED) program was set up to provide intensive medical, psychological services for low income, pregnant adolescents and their infants. All services were combined under one roof in an effort to provide a comprehensive, meaningful, yet non-clinic type, program. Obstetrical, social and educational data was collected. An effort was made to assess infants' behavioral style and mother-child interaction. General results in all areas were encouraging: (1) incidence of premature and small-for-dates infants was reduced; (2) the educational success rate was high; and (3) social service data, were favorable. The infant and mother-infant interaction data were viewed as baselines for future investigations into developmental problems. The report concluded that much of the previously discussed risk of low-income, teen-age pregnancies can be removed when appropriate professional services are made available. (TL)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Child Development, Child Rearing, Disadvantaged, Disadvantaged Youth, Health, Health Education, Health Services, Illegitimate Births, Medical Evaluation, Medical Services, Mental Health, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Pregnancy, Premature Infants, Professional Services, Social Services, Unwed Mothers
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Dept. of Health, Albany.; State Univ. of New York, Syracuse. Upstate Medical Center.
Authoring Institution: American Orthopsychiatric Association, New York, NY.
Note: Paper presented at the American Orthopsychiatric Association Convention in San Francisco, California, March 23-26, 1970