ERIC Number: ED420434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
The Youngest Parents: Teenage Pregnancy as It Shapes Lives.
Coles, Robert; Coles, Robert E.; Coles, Daniel A.; Coles, Michael H.
This book asks readers to shed preconceptions about teenage pregnancy and listen to the compelling voices of young women and men who are soon to become parents although barely out of childhood themselves. From conversations with teenagers across racial, geographic, and socioeconomic lines, the book weaves a narrative that reveals the aspirations and apprehensions of teenage parents. The book reveals that many pregnant teens believe that their babies will lead lives very different from their own, finding the success that has eluded them, and that teenage fathers' confusion and resentment often give way to a longing for respect and for a way out of lives limited by poverty and poor education. The text is accompanied by two photographic essays of teen families by a professor of photography who lived among young mothers in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Nova Scotia, and Texas, and by a pediatrician who worked for several years with teenage parents in North Carolina. The book's chapters are: (1) "Watching"; (2) "Waiting"; (3) "Welfare"; (4) "Fast-Time"; (5) "Hit and Run"; (6) "Ups and Downs"; (7) "No Caution to Throw to the Winds"; and (8) "Second Chance."(EV)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, Early Parenthood, Fathers, Interviews, Life Events, Mothers, Parent Attitudes, Personal Narratives, Pregnancy, Youth Problems
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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Note: Photographs by John Moses and Jocelyn Lee.