ERIC Number: ED229458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Too Little, Too Late: Services for Teenage Parents. An Examination of Some Major Programs Now Operating in the United States to Serve Teenage Parents and Their Children, Including a Look at the Range and Quality of Available Services and Candid Comments by Service Providers. Working Paper.
McGee, Elizabeth A.
This report contains the findings of a 1982 survey conducted to examine existing programs for providing assistance to pregnant teenagers, young parents, and their children. The report is based on data collected through telephone interviews, site visits, personal consultations, and a review of the literature on teenage pregnancy. Sex by trial and error, lack of adequate information, rebellion, and mistakes are listed as major causes of early childbearing. Services needed by young mothers and their children are identified, including basic living skills; child care; health; academic education; counseling; recruitment and outreach programs; employment assistance; emergency help; social, recreational and personal growth; and follow-up. The effective delivery of services by programs designed to provide assistance to young mothers and to involve fathers in parental care is discussed. The report recommends: (1) improved recruitment of teenage parents in need of services; (2) upgraded organization of services to teen parents; (3) improved technical assistance to service providers at the national, state and local levels; (4) stepped-up measures aimed at delaying first births among teenagers; and (5) better evaluation of program models, and dissemination of evaluation results. (AOS)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Counseling Services, Delivery Systems, Early Parenthood, Needs Assessment, Pregnant Students, Social Services
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Publication Type: Reports - General
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Authoring Institution: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.