Reconceiving Black Adolescent Pregnancy

Reconceiving Black Adolescent Pregnancy

by Elizabeth Merrick
     
 

Images of pregnant Black teenagers and single Black mothers are plentiful in the media and popular culture. These representations have fueled debates on the need for welfare reform and have focused public attention on adolescent pregnancy among Black Americans. In Reconceiving Black Adolescent Pregnancy, Elizabeth Merrick presents a new understanding of

Overview


Images of pregnant Black teenagers and single Black mothers are plentiful in the media and popular culture. These representations have fueled debates on the need for welfare reform and have focused public attention on adolescent pregnancy among Black Americans. In Reconceiving Black Adolescent Pregnancy, Elizabeth Merrick presents a new understanding of childbearing and adolescent development among lower income Black American teenage girls. The author focuses primarily on the individual stories and themes of the six participants in the study. The first section provides the context, and the second section provides the major thematic findings. The final sections focus on agency and identity in this population. The findings that emerged from Merrick's study yield a provocative view that stands in marked contrast to assessments of pregnant Black adolescents as being deviant or greedy for welfare. There is a need for developmental models that start from, or at least incorporate, non-majority experiences. In particular, ethnographic accounts can provide key insights into different developmental pathways. Out of such accounts, new paradigms may also emerge to guide developmental research. Reconceiving Black Adolescent Pregnancy fills this void.

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Merrick, a psychologist working with adolescents and young adults in New York City, presents a new understanding of childbearing and adolescent development among lower income black, American teenage girls, focusing on the words and stories of six young women. Findings that emerge from her study yield a provocative view that stands in marked contrast to assessments of pregnant black adolescents as being deviant or greedy for welfare. Merrick teaches at Baruch College, City University of New York. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813368160
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
0.27(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Lexile:
1030L (what's this?)

Meet the Author


Elizabeth Merrickholds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from NYU. She is a licensed psychologist working with adolescents and young adults in New York City. She is currently an adjunct professor at Baruch College, City University of New York.

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