ERIC Number: ED277791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug-24
Reference Count: 0
Adolescent Pregnancy and Its Delay.
Bell, Lloyd H.
This paper examines some probable reasons for the black adolescent male's contribution to increased pregnancy in the black community. Using a situation analysis, it presents the following testable suppositions: (1) black males' fear of retribution for impregnating a girl has diminished, leading to increased sexual intercourse and ultimately to more teenage pregnancies; (2) when black males are denied access to economic, educational, and status rituals available to their white counterparts, they use sex to define their manhood; (3) if increased educational, recreational, and employment opportunities were available, black teenagers would direct more energies to endeavors other than sex; (4) development of black teenagers' spiritual self would decrease rates of homicide, suicide, and early pregnancy in the black community; and (5) if the black community defined manhood and womanhood from a more Afro-centric perspective, instead of from the more liberal white perspective, less self-destructive behavior would occur. (LHW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (94th, Washington, DC, August 22-26, 1986).