By Patricia Meyer Spacks (auth.), Max Sugar M.D. (eds.)

The definition of the dangers of adolescent childbearing has acquired substantial investigative recognition over the last decade. we have now steadily moved clear of simplistically learning younger maternal age because the sole determinant of biologie and psychosocial consequence, even if we realize it's among the elements which warrant attention. We now realize that if kids obtain sufficient and constant pre­ natal care, they and their babies may still do approximately as weIl as grownup ladies and their babies of comparable backgrounds. therefore, the foremost morbidities for adolescent moms, adolescent fathers, and their babies are psychosocial: loss of academic and voca­ tional futures, failed marriages, and dependence on govt reduction for help. The adequacy of the parenting of adolescent mom and dad and the long term developmental and actual results in their little ones are mostly unstudied. This booklet, edited by way of Dr. Max Sugar, a well-known authority on youth, makes a speciality of the $64000 subject of adolescent parenthood. The authors of this well timed contribution procedure the subject of adolescent parenthood in a different type, using a mixture of a number of ways: attention of fictional characters in background , astute and thoroughly conceptual­ ized scientific observations, studies of the literature, and their very own research. lt may be by using this sort of inventive strategy that we will outline the $64000 quest ions which can be addressed approximately teenagers as mom and dad and the end result for his or her children.

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Nadelson (1974) stressed the factor of denial in relation to the largest number of requests for late abortions arising in adolescents. She also noted that pregnancy in an adolescent may be a way to announce her adulthood, that pregnancy may be a response to a loss, often of a parent. Coddington (1979) found that in the preceding year in a group of pregnant adolescents, 54 percent had a death in their family in contrast to 23 percent among controls, and 50 percent had a family illness in contrast to 31 percent of controls.

Indeed, the Alan Guttmacher Institute CI 976) takes this exact approach. In their view, improvements would foIlow by offering better sex education to teenagers. This would include birth control and contraception, accessibility of birth control services for teenagers within easy traveling of the teenager's residence, increased federal funding for research in reproductive and contraceptive planning, and knowledge of available abortion services. One can hardly fault Planned Parenthood for embarking on a program in which they have both expertise and success, namely, educational planning and delivery of services.

Cutright, P. 1976. Family planning program effects on the fertility of low income women. Fam. Plann. Perspect. 8: 100-110. Fisher, S. M. (1978. Teenage pregnancy: an anthropo1ogica1, sociological and psychological overview. Presented at the American Academy of Child Psychiatry Meeting, October, 1978, San Diego, Califomia. Furstenberg, F. 1976. Unplanned Parenthood. New York: The Free Press, pp. 41,42,46,49,51,56,120. Gabrielson, L. , Gabrielson, I. , Klerman, L. , Currie, J. , Tyler, N. C. and Jekel, S.

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