ERIC Number: ED260830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Children of Teenage Parents: A Review of the Literature.
Spencer, Carole M.
While most programs for prospective teenage parents address the obvious and immediate needs of the parents - prenatal care, nutrition, delivery, and financial assistance - the purpose of this paper, one of several reports forming a comprehensive policy study of early childhood education, is to identify the problems associated with teenage childbearing, review the research on teenage pregnancy, discuss intervention programs, and recommend additional intervention programs. It has been assumed that children of teenage mothers have more physical, emotional, and intellectual handicaps than do children born to older mothers. Until recently, few studies have analyzed the evidence related to this claim. Some current findings attempt to assess the impact of adolescent motherhood on infants and young children. This review presents data regarding the demographics of teenage pregnancy. Specifically addressed are the problems associated with teenage childbearing: infant death risk, premature and low-birth-weight babies, Aid to Families With Dependent Children and other welfare assistance, and the education of the teenage parent. A review of the research related to the problems associated with teenage childbearing forms the second part of the paper, focusing on (1) economic and social consequences, (2) physical health consequences, and (3) emotional, developmental, and cognitive consequences. Also reported are the results of some intervention programs for teenage parents and their children. Recommendations are made for intervention programs in Illinois. Extensive 1982 data on Illinois teenage mothers are provided in tables throughout the paper. Two appendices provide listings and findings of research studies dealing with the outcomes of teenage pregnancies and the children of adolescent parents. (DST)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Birth Weight, Early Parenthood, Economic Factors, Educational Attainment, High Risk Persons, Illegitimate Births, Infant Mortality, Infants, Intervention, One Parent Family, Parent Education, Physical Health, Pregnancy, Premature Infants, Psychological Patterns, Social Influences, Social Problems, State Surveys, Statistical Studies, Welfare Services
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield, Dept. of Planning, Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois