ERIC Number: ED269540
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
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Choice and Circumstance: Racial Differences in Adolescent Sexuality and Fertility.
Moore, Kristin A.; And Others
This book examines the differences between blacks and whites in their early childbearing patterns. In particular it examines the causes of teenage pregnancy and parenting in blacks and its negative effects on parents and children. Fertility data, available information and attitudes about contraception and abortion, education, employment goals, and marriage and family are considered. In the summary and conclusion section, it is suggested that more extensive sex education both from parents and outside sources would be helpful in reducing black teenage pregnancy. Further it is noted that dropping out of school is associated with a high risk for pregnancy. and that therefore programs that make education more economically rewarding would be helpful in controlling the problem. Job training is also found to have a positive effect in reducing teenage pregnancy and is recommended. Although some evidence would suggest that blacks value marriage highly, their attitudes about marriage sometimes differ significantly from those of whites. Black teenagers perceive greater tolerance for out of wedlock childbearing than white youth. Recommendations include better sex education, greater availability of contraception, and clarification of the connection between education, occupational aspirations, and early childbearing. (CG)
Descriptors: Abortions, Adolescents, Blacks, Contraception, Early Parenthood, Goal Orientation, Job Training, Marriage, Occupational Aspiration, Pregnancy, Pregnant Students, Sex Education, Youth Problems
Transaction Books, Rutgers, The State University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903 ($19.95).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - General
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