ERIC Number: ED317846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Career Education for Teen Parents. Trends and Issues Alerts.
Imel, Susan; Kerka, Sandra
Adolescent pregnancy and childbearing rates remain higher in the United States than in most Western nations; more than 500,000 teenage girls have babies every year. As these teen parents mature, they have diminished educational and career expectations. A small number of programs directed toward the career needs of teenage parents was developed during the 1970s and 1980s; many more are needed. The trend is for these programs to share many of the same characteristics of dropout prevention programs. Specific career education components are included, such as assessment of aptitudes, career and vocational counseling, life skills development, preemployment preparation, and job development and placement. In addition, support services such as child care and transportation are provided. Characteristics of successful programs for teen parents include established sites that can provide services for nontraditional students, support and referral networks, and newsletters. Equity goals must be remembered when developers design programs for teen parents, and teens need to be encouraged to aspire to higher-wage jobs to support themselves and their children. However, gender-role biases need to be addressed. (This fact sheet provides information that can be used in developing programs for teen parents. It includes an annotated list of 14 print resources and addresses of 12 resource organizations that can be contacted for more information.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.