ERIC Number: ED176158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
The Ecology of Help-Seeking Behavior Among Adolescent Parents.
Cannon-Bonventre, Kristina; Kahn, Janet
Because very little is known about teenage parents' own view of their problems, needs, and acceptable resources, over 100 Boston teenagers and related agencies were interviewed. Parental problems were similar to those of older parents, but youthful lack of experience and skills aggravated the situation. The most frequently cited problem was that of poverty or near-poverty, which also aggravated other problems. Whether married or single, all teenage mothers were affected by loneliness and isolation from all except their families. Dependable, affordable child care was very difficult to locate. Despite legal requirements, young mothers experience difficulties completing their education. Help seeking was limited and always centered upon the family. Contrary to the needs, service providers offered little concrete assistance, requiring a waiting period and often serving only the neediest and totally dependent. There often existed a lack of inter-agency coordination, and, in addition, care typically ended after pregnancy, with agencies forcing clients into adversary relationships. Recommendations for overcoming these obstacles are appended. (LS)
Descriptors: Affiliation Need, Child Care, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Family Involvement, Parents, Pregnant Students, Secondary Education, Social Agencies, Welfare Agencies
American Institutes for Research, 22 Hilliard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Cambridge, MA.