ERIC Number: ED209735
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Overview of State Policies Related to Adolescent Parenthood. A Report of the Adolescent Parenthood Project.
Alexander, Sharon J.; And Others
To help state policy makers and program developers, researchers gathered information on government policies regarding adolescent pregnancy and parenthood. Data were compiled through a questionnaire survey of health, education, and social service agencies in the federal government and all 50 states. The report describes federal programs relevant to pregnant adolescents and adolescent parents, including food supplements, mother and child health services, family planning, and Medicaid. A sixty-page table summarizes all the states' policies and programs concerning adolescent pregnancy or parenthood in seven areas, comprising the policies' legal frameworks; interagency cooperation within states; funding sources; state-level committees currently considering these problems; education on sex, pregnancy, and parenthood; and the issue of minors' consent for family planning services. The report also gives a state-by-state narrative description of relevant policies and programs, before concluding with recommendations for model policies on adolescent pregnancy and parenthood. Among the researchers' findings are that there is increasing recognition of adolescent pregnancy and parenthood as a problem, but that most states lack adequate data, funds, and interagency coordination to handle it. Appended are a copy of the survey questionnaire and a list of key contact persons the survey used. (Author/RW)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Agency Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Planning, Federal Programs, Financial Support, Health Services, Parenthood Education, Parents, Pregnant Students, Public Policy, Sex Education, Social Services, State Programs
National Association of State Boards of Education, 444 North Capitol St., NW, Suite 526, Washington, DC 20001 ($15.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Washington, DC.