ERIC Number: ED266334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Teen Pregnancy: What Is Being Done? A State-by-State Look. A Report of the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. House of Representatives, Ninety-Ninth Congress, First Session Together with Additional and Minority Views (December, 1985).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.
This Congressional report contains a state-by-state look at what is being done about teen pregnancy. Data are presented from a survey of state governors which examined the impact of current teen pregnancy policies and programs. Information regarding needs, services, special projects, and initiatives is included. Barriers to successful programs, as well as recommendations for improving current efforts are presented. The data are organized into four chapters: (1) National Perspectives on Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting; (2) Barriers and Serving At-Risk, Pregnant, and Parenting Teens; (3) Federal Policies and Programs, and State Efforts; and (4) State Efforts to Serve At-Risk, Pregnant, and Parenting Teens. Findings are presented which illustrate the high costs of pregnancy to teens, their children, and the government, especially in terms of health care costs and support programs. States are unable to document extent of teen pregnancy, what benefits teens are receiving, who finishes school, effects of pregnancy; moreover fewer than one-half of the states can provide information on federal efforts. Significant barriers to improved services include overlooking prevention efforts, not taking a comprehensive approach to the issue, providing insufficient education for teens and communities, poor coordination, inadequate funding and insufficient data, and rarely making an effort to involve teen fathers. Two promising trends are reported: more states are focusing attention on teen pregnancy, and parental involvement is increasing. Appendices include the questionnaire submitted to the governors, references (including all documents submitted by states), federal program descriptions, and the 1985 Adolescent Family Life Grantees listed by state. (ABB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Early Parenthood, Economics, Federal State Relationship, Government Role, High Risk Persons, Pregnancy, Prevention, Socioeconomic Status, State Agencies, Youth Programs
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.