ERIC Number: ED149242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
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Early Adolescent Childbearing: Some Social Implications.
This paper reviews some of the current research findings on fertility among adolescents which indicate that illegitimacy may be becoming increasingly concentrated in the teenage years, and considers the implications of this phenomenon for mothers, children and society. The relationship of the changing sexual activity of American teenagers, the lack of contraceptive information and techniques available to them, and the increase in the adolescent birth rate are explored. The many health and social problems which often confront children labeled illegitimate are discussed. Three policy options for changing the situation are suggested: (2) Provide more organized sex education programs and contraceptive services to teenagers; (2) Provide more education programs to facilitate better parent-child communication; (3) Provide to pregnant adolescents more information about the advisability of adoption. (Author/BP)
Descriptors: Abortions, Adolescents, Birth Rate, Contraception, Family Life Education, Family Planning, Illegitimate Births, Literature Reviews, Marital Instability, One Parent Family, Pregnancy
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Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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Sponsor: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
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