ERIC Number: ED158938
Record Type: Non-Journal
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Choices & Careers; Free to Choose: Ideas for Planning.
Strong, Lois Metoxen
Very common among young people is the attitude that sex should be absolutely spontaneous. Taking precautions in advance of intercourse is cold, calculating and unromantic. Some teenagers regard themselves as invulnerable; only other girls get pregnant. These and other attitudes surrounding teenage pregnancies are explored in this unit, which attempts to give adults information and background that will help young girls in making decisions about marriage. Some history of birth control methods used by various tribal groups is given, traditional marriage customs are described, and the recent changes in attitudes about marriage and the woman's role are discussed. Problems of teenage marriage and pregnancy are also explored. An activity section of the document features questionnaires on venereal disease, marriage IQ, marriage contracts, and teenage marriages. Using these questionnaires as a starting point can help facilitate discussions and impart information. A "How Parents Can Help" section gives practical advice in building feeling of parental approval and support and "Things to Do With Your Daughter" lists activities and discussion topics. This unit is based on the units for teenage girls "Just for You" and "Marriage--Expectations or Reality." (Author/DS)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Univ. Extension.