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ERIC Number: ED256503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 12
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Adolescent Mothers and School-Based Intervention Programs: Unmet Needs.
Roosa, Mark W.
Two studies suggest that Teen-Age Parenting Programs (TAPP's) appear to have a small immediate impact on adolescent mothers' knowledge but may have a little longer term impact on parent attitudes or on children's development. While TAPP's help some students complete their education, great differences may exist between adolescent mothers who enroll in and remain in a TAPP and those who do not. A recent survey in Phoenix, Arizona found that the local TAPP was serving only 230 of 1,275 school-age mothers within the school district. Another survey suggests that many adolescent mothers are 1 or more years behind their peers in school at the time of their pregnancies and have below average grades and poor attendence records. Of adolescent mothers who leave school, those who most deserve attention may drop out before pregnancy; may have every intention of completing high school and may aspire to further education but drop out of school within the first several months after delivery; and have high educational aspirations and relatively strong social and institutional support systems. Unfortunately, many school-based intervention programs serve a fourth group least in need of intervention: those adolescent mothers having a relatively advantaged situation. The possibility that school failure or dropping out of school may precede pregnancy for a significant portion of adolescents should be examined. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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