ERIC Number: ED216273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Teenage Parents: Their Ambitions and Attainments.
Haggstrom, Gus W.; And Others
This report, which presents the results of a study of the effect on young people's lives by early family formation and especially entry into parenthood, is based on the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972, a large national survey that has tracked over 22,000 young people who are now in their mid-twenties. Following a discussion of methodology and data, the report examines the effects of early family formation on postsecondary education, career development, women's orientation toward homemaking, dependency on parents and society, economic characteristics, fertility, and attitudes. By distinguishing between early parenthood and early marriage without children, this report reveals that many of the effects that might be attributed to early parenthood also show up as effects among the nonparents who married at approximately the same time. Although the materials stress that the data apply to parenthood in the late, rather than early, teens, the report challenges the notion that early parenthood, by itself, has a destructive impact on the ambitions and attainments of teenagers, and concludes that teenage parenthood should be regarded as only one aspect of a broader process of early family formation. The six appendices provide definitions of variables, a model for estimating effects, background factors, regression index and sex role attitude measures as well as a bibliography. (NRB)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Attitudes, Career Development, Family Influence, Family Planning, Homemakers, Marriage, Postsecondary Education, Young Adults
The Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90406 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.