ERIC Number: ED245146
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jul-20
Reference Count: N/A
Teen Parents and Their Children: Issues and Programs. Hearing before the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. House of Representatives, Ninety-Eighth Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.
This document presents testimony and prepared statements from the Congressional hearings on teen parents and their children. The opening statement is presented, giving an overview of the problem of teenage pregnancy and parenthood and the negative short- and long-term consequences for the teens, their babies, their families, and society at large. Statements from witnesses are given including those of Dr. Wendy Baldwin, Center for Population Research; Dr. Effie Ellis, a health consultant; Judith E. Jones, Center for Population and Family Health, Columbia University; Elizabeth A. McGee, National Child Labor committee; Maurice Weir, Cities-in-Schools, Inc., Washington, D.C. and Edward A. Wynne, University of Illinois. Additional prepared statements, letters, and supplemental materials are included. Statistics on teenage sexuality and pregnancy, abortion, and contraception are highlighted. The effects of early parenthood on the education, health, and life satisfaction of the teenage mother and father are discussed, as well as the impact on their parents and society. The special risks of the children of teenage parents are described. The prevention of pregnancy and the responsibility of the family, school, church, government and society are emphasized. The need for sex education before the teenage years is noted, and the relationship of early sexuality to suicide, drug abuse, youth homicide and other problems is discussed. (JAC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Welfare, Contraception, Early Parenthood, Government Role, Hearings, Illegitimate Births, Parent Role, Pregnancy, Pregnant Students, Prevention, Program Descriptions, Secondary Education, Sex Education, Sexuality, Youth Problems
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.