ERIC Number: ED251558
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: N/A
Needs and Characteristics of Pregnant and Parenting Teens. The Baseline Report for Project Redirection.
Polit, Denise F.; And Others
This report summarizes the data from the baseline survey for Project Redirection, a national demonstration aimed at testing a comprehensive service program model for welfare-eligible pregnant teenagers and teen mothers. The baseline survey, the first part of a program impact analysis, provides a highly descriptive profile of the characteristics and needs of the target population served by Project Redirection in four experimental sites across the country and four other sites matched for comparison. Chief among the findings were that: (1) the young women were educationally disadvantaged; (2) their work experience was considerable and they were positively oriented toward work; (3) contraception was neither effectively nor consistently practiced and many continued to expose themselves to repeat pregnancies; (4) community services were used but a number of needs remained unmet; (5) informal supports played an important role, especially with regard to child care and emotional support; (6) most girls came from disadvantaged home backgrounds and most continued to live with their mothers. The report concludes that the long-term prospects of the young women for economic self-sufficiency are not promising and that their trajectories need redirecting. Appended are findings related to the technical aspects of the evaluation; 40 supplementary tables; and a bibliography. (RDN)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Community Services, Contraception, Demonstration Programs, Early Parenthood, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Background, Employment Experience, Family Environment, Females, Needs Assessment, Participant Characteristics, Secondary Education, Social Support Groups, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.