ERIC Number: ED267150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Pregnant and Parenting Teens: Statistics, Characteristics, and School-Based Support Services. ERIC/CUE Trends and Issues Series, Number 1.
This review of research brings together a variety of data on pregnant and parenting teenagers and on the range and effectiveness of school-based programs. The report is divided into two main sections, the first of which describes the population at risk; motivations, choices, and consequences of teenage pregnancy and motherhood; adolescent fathers; and pregnant and parenting teenagers' expressed needs for services. Section 2 presents an overview of what is being done for pregnant and parenting adolescents. In general, it is said, the existing programs address only a portion of the problems of pregnant teenagers identified in the research. First, because the attraction of parenting is inversely proportionate to the possibility of other options, dropout rates must be lowered and jobs should be created for out-of-school youth. Second, counseling courses in psychology and family life could help adolescents resolve the ambivalences between autonomy and childhood dependency. Third, because teenagers have unrealistic fantasies about what having a child will imply, they must be helped to understand the responsibilities involved. Fourth, because parents usually play an important role in teens' pregnancy resolution decisions, programs must be created to draw in the mothers and fathers of pregnant teenagers. Finally, programs need to involve the teenage father directly and to help enhance his capacity for immediate and long-term caring. (KH)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Dropouts, Early Parenthood, Economically Disadvantaged, High Schools, Pregnancy, Pregnant Students, Psychological Needs, School Counseling, Sexuality, Social Services, Special Programs, Student Characteristics, Student Needs
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Box 40, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 ($6.00 prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.