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ERIC Number: EJ841380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-0195-7597
Adolescent Pregnancy in America: Causes and Responses
Domenico, Desirae M.; Jones, Karen H.
Journal for Vocational Special Needs Education, v30 n1 p4-12 Fall 2007
Adolescent pregnancy has occurred throughout America's history. Only in recent years has it been deemed an urgent crisis, as more young adolescent mothers give birth outside of marriage. At-risk circumstances associated with adolescent pregnancy include medical and health complications, less schooling and higher dropout rates, lower career aspirations, and a life encircled by poverty. While legislation for career and technical education has focused attention on special needs populations, the definition has been broadened to include single parents. This article encompasses a brief history of adolescent pregnancy in America, factors influencing adolescent pregnancy, and the consequences associated with adolescent pregnancy. The conclusion includes implications for educators, researchers, and practitioners.
Journal for Vocational Special Needs Education. c/o Center for Education and Work, 964 Educational Sciences Builidng, 1025 West Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53706. Tel: 608-263-2724; Fax: 608-262-3050; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Carl D Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act 1990; Goals 2000; School to Work Opportunities Act 1994; Social Security Act; Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act; Vocational Education Act 1963