The Politics of Pregnancy: Adolescent Sexuality and Public Policy

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Teenage pregnancy is widely viewed as a significant social problem. In this path-breaking book, prominent American and British researchers in law, psychology, sociology, medicine, philosophy, and history argue that the problem is not so much teenagers who want sex too soon, but a society that offers too little help too late-too little birth-control information, too few job opportunities, and too little reason for many low-income teenagers to stay in school and delay childbearing.
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British and American researchers from a broad range of disciplines pick apart the widespread concern about teenage pregnancy to find the root problem. It is not that kids are having sex too early, they conclude, but that adults are providing them with information too late. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300057171
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 6/23/1993
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Adolescent Sexuality Pregnancy, and Childbearing in the Past 23
2 "Children Having Children": Teenage Pregnancy and Public Policy from the Woman's Perspective 46
3 Teenage Pregnancy as a Social Problem: A Perspective from the United Kingdom 59
4 The Social Construction of Teenage Motherhood: A Black and White Issue? 74
5 Multiple Fractures: The Cultural Construction of Teenage Sexuality and Pregnancy 101
6 Procreative Choice for Adolescent Women 126
7 Conscious and Preconscious Motivation for Pregnancy among Female Adolescents 144
8 Psychological and Social Characteristics of Teenagers Who Have Children 159
9 Conscripting Kin: Reflections on Family, Generation, and Culture 174
10 When Fathers Matter/Why Fathers Matter: The Impact of Paternal Involvement on the Offspring of Adolescent Mothers 189
11 Adolescent and Young Adult Fathers: Problems and Solutions 216
12 Adolescent Pregnancy among Blacks in the United States: Why Is It a Policy issue? 241
13 Antecedents and Consequences: The Need for Diverse Strategies in Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention 257
14 Sexual Politics and the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Worker in the United States 284
15 Adolescent Pregnancy and Public Policy 301
Contributors 337
Index 339
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