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By Dr. Naomi Farber Ph.D. MSW

Univ. of South Carolina collage of Social paintings, Columbia. textual content presents instructions for constructing teenager being pregnant prevention courses and functional purposes for powerful social paintings intervention. additionally addresses such teenager difficulties as alcohol, drug use, early intercourse and being pregnant, and the desires of kids of young people. For social staff.

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Sexual Initiation and Activity More unmarried adolescent boys and girls today begin to be sexually active at earlier ages than at any time in our recent history. During the mid- to late 1950s, fewer than 10% of teenage girls had had intercourse by age 16. Between 1971 and 1979, nationwide the percentage of sexually active girls aged 15-19 rose significantly from 28 to 46 (Hayes, 1987, p. 40). From 1979 to 1982 there was a small decrease, followed by a steady rise over the 1980s (Zabin & Hayward, 1993).

Two different women are being talked about. One is white. The other black. And there are two different theoretical systems of causation. One is sociological and the other is psychoanalytic. The sociological is applied chiefly to Negro women; [sic] The psychoanalytic to white. (Perlman, 1964, p. 4) Practitioners and researchers generally assumed that out-of-wedlock childbearing among whites was the result of various types of individual psychopathology. In contrast, theories of "culture" or "social norms" were invoked to explain similar behaviors among minority, especially black, women.

Why do so many pregnant teenagers not use abortion? Why do large numbers fail to many if they are pregnant? In general, it is more appropriate to look for causes of illegitimacy by examining the causes of the above behaviors, rather than to look at illegitimacy as a separate entity. (Chilman, 1978, p. 199) In keeping with this perspective, the direction of research has been away from seeking conceptually unitary and universal explanations of teen pregnancy and toward more empirically based studies intended to establish causal relationships among numerous variables and fertility outcomes.

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