ERIC Number: ED264021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
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Adolescent-Infant Development: A Family-Centered Approach to Working with Teen Parents and Their High Risk Infants.
Clark, Roberta J.; And Others
Using two cases as the basis of exploration, this article discusses (1) the impact of pregnancy during adolescence on the development of the young girl and her offspring and (2) the influences of her extended family. It also explores the concept of adolescent/infant development as a means of providing comprehensive services to pregnant adolescents, adolescent parents, and their infants. The underlying premise for the concept of adolescent/infant development is that the development of both adolescents and infants must be facilitated. Important features of the model demonstration program developed at Howard University Hospital, designed to implement this premise, are that intervention with adolescent parents begins during pregnancy whenever possible and that follow-up services are provided for 3 years after the birth of the baby. Major emphases of the program includes assisting the adolescent in continuing her education, encouraging her self-sufficiency and independence, and discouraging additional pregnancies during the adolescent period. These goals are achieved by using a holistic, family-centered approach to working with the adolescent parent/infant dyad. Four tables are appended. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A