ERIC Number: ED213522
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Teenaged Pregnancy. Matrix No. 5.
Hardy, Janet B.
The purposes of this paper are (1) to highlight some of the complex issues involved in teenage pregnancy and its consequences; (2) to comment on some of the problems that make solutions difficult to achieve; and (3) to indicate areas in which further research is of critical importance. Among the issues of teenage pregnancy discussed are the prevalence of pregnancy, sexual activity and marriage, contraceptive use, risk of pregnancy, and risk of repeated pregnancy. The consequences of teenage pregnancy for the parents, the child, the family of origin, and the economic consequences for society are delineated. The discussion of research needs emphasizes primary prevention through effective contraceptives that are designed for and acceptable to teenagers; sex education that includes information on the nature of sexuality, risks of pregnancy and the costs and burdens of premature parenthood; and increased attention to the value of virginity. Research needs related to unresolved questions in the area of secondary prevention, research needed to improve longer-range outcomes for the children of teenagers, and the need for the evaluation of preventive and intervention programs are indicated. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Definitions, Incidence, Pregnancy, Quality of Life, Research Needs, Risk, Sexuality, Social Problems
Administration for Children, Youth, and Families, P.O. Box 1182, Washington, DC 20013 (no price quoted).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Research, Demonstration, and Evaluation Div.