ERIC Number: ED265237
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Choices and Life Circumstances. An Ethnographic Study of Project Redirection Teens.
Levy, Sydelle Brooks; Grinker, William J.
This report presents ethnographic case studies of the life circumstances and experiences of 18 low-income adolescents who participated in Project Redirection, a national program which provides educational and family planning services at the local level to pregnant teens and mothers. Information on the teens' family background, patterns of sexuality and birth control use, and educational and employment aspirations for the future is provided, and the impact of their participation in the project is assessed. The report recommends that the program make a greater effort to involve itself with the participant's family and the father of the baby. Given the study's finding that the mother is usually the primary support for the teen and the quality of the mother-daughter relationship is a primary influence on the teen's decision making, a major program objective should be to lessen conflict and strengthen these bonds. In addition to helping the teens reach stated goals (such as continued schooling), program staff and community women are encouraged to help teens learn appropriate habits and behaviors. A broad range of educational techniques is needed to increase teens' knowledge of birth control practices, and on-site program workshops must do more than simply provide teens with the opportunity to socialize with others in their situation. Appendices to the report discuss methodology and provide synopses of the 18 case studies. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Youth Programs.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.