ERIC Number: ED263260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pregnant and Parenting Black Teenagers: Some Educational Preventors.
Black teenage girls have more than half the babies born to single teenagers, and as they are more frequently poor as well, they are more susceptible to the negative effects early childbearing has on future schooling and jobs. Studies show that teenage mothers are far less likely to complete high school or enter the work force than other teenagers. Educational opportunities available to Blacks that enhance their appreciation of school and encourage them to enter the work force are found to be important factors in reducing early childbearing. These include preschool programs (shown to reduce later pregnancy and dropout rates which are important factors in early pregnancies); desegregation programs (studies show that the females in desegregated school programs are less likely to have a child before the age of 18); and high educational aspirations, specifically the desire to have a college degree (a study shows that these teenagers are 85% less likely to get pregnant). In order to reduce the incidence and negative effects of teenage pregnancy, the following strategies should be employed: (1) a curriculum leading to further schooling and/or jobs should be offered; (2) concrete information on the realities and responsibilities of parenting should be made available to teenagers; (3) parents of teenagers should be involved in programs before as well as after pregnancy has brought on a crisis; and (4) the involvement of teenage fathers should be fostered. (CG)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Black Child Development Institute (15th, Washington, October 16-18, 1985).