ERIC Number: ED299444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Challenge of Serving Teenage Mothers. Lessons from Project Redirection.
Polit, Denise F.; And Others
This updated version of a 1985 monograph includes new findings on Project Redirection, a program intended to ameliorate many severe problems that typically accompany childbearing among economically disadvantaged adolescents. It opens with a review of the consequences of teenage pregnancy and the Redirection approach for addressing the problems. The monograph then discusses the sites' operational experiences. It next reviews the methodology and findings of an impact study that compared, over a 5-year period, teen participants in Redirection with a group of teens similar in all respects except that they had not received the Redirection services. These results are reported: at the 1-year point, participation in Redirection resulted in improvements in education, employment, and childbearing; by the 2-year point, many of the favorable results had disappeared; at the 5-year point, participants had better outcomes in terms of employment and welfare dependency; and at that point, participants appeared to be more competent parents, and their children were at a developmental advantage compared to those of women in the comparison group. The monograph concludes with a summary of lessons for policymakers, program planners, and funding agencies to improve the effectiveness of programs for low-income, school-aged mothers. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.
Note: For related documents, see ED 251 558-559, ED 265 237, and ED 275 776-779.