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ERIC Number: EJ786103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1087-3244
Denormalizing a Historical Problem: Teen Pregnancy, Policy, and Public Health Action
Kandakai, Tina L.; Smith, Leonie C. R.
American Journal of Health Behavior, v31 n2 p170-180 Mar-Apr 2007
Objective: To explore the impact of teen-adult sexual relationships as a public health threat and the effectiveness of statutory rape laws in protecting adolescent children. Methods: A comprehensive review of current literature surrounding child abuse, teen pregnancy, and statutory rape was conducted. Results: Of one million teen girls who become pregnant each year, two-thirds may be the victims of statutory rape. Current laws appear to marginalize the severity of teen-adult sexual relationships, compromising the health and safety of adolescent children. Conclusions: Public health recommendations which include public policy change and enforcement, education, and community empowerment are offered.
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Language: English
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