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Teen Pregnancy and Parenting

Rethinking the Myths and Misperceptions

By Keri Weed, Jody S Nicholson, Jaelyn R. Farris

Routledge – 2015 – 240 pages

Series: Routledge Advances in Health and Social Policy

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    978-0-415-64432-7
    July 22nd 2014

Description

Whether glamorised or stigmatised, teenage parenthood is all too often used to stand for a host of social problems, and empirical research results ignored. Identifying core controversies surrounding teen pregnancy and parenting, this book resolves misperceptions using findings from large-scale, longitudinal, and qualitative research studies from the US and other Western countries.

Summarising the evidence and integrating it with a systems perspective, the authors explore ten prevalent myths about teenage parents, including:

  • Teen pregnancy is associated with other behavior problems.
  • Children of teen parents will experience cognitive delay, adjustment problems, and will themselves become teen parents.
  • Better outcomes are achieved when teen mothers live with their own mothers.
  • Teen pregnancy costs tax payers lots of money.
  • Abstinence education is the best way to prevent teen pregnancy.

Teen Pregnancy and Parenting ends by highlighting the prevention and intervention implications for families, practitioners, and policymakers. It will be of interest to academics and advanced students from a range of disciplines and professions including psychology, public policy, nursing, social work and sociology.

Contents

Preface 1. A Systems Perspective on Myths and Misperceptions 2. Myths and Misperceptions from Research 3. Myths and Misperceptions from Popular Culture 4. Myths and Misperceptions about Teen Pregnancy 5. Myths and Misperceptions about Teen Parents 6. Myths and Misperceptions about Children of Teen Parents 7. Myths and Misperceptions Related to Public Policy 8. Rethinking Cultural Myths

Author Bio

Keri Weed is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina Aiken, USA.

Jody S. Nicholson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Florida, USA.

Jaelyn R. Farris is Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State Harrisburg, USA.

Name: Teen Pregnancy and Parenting: Rethinking the Myths and Misperceptions (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Keri Weed, Jody S Nicholson, Jaelyn R. Farris. Whether glamorised or stigmatised, teenage parenthood is all too often used to stand for a host of social problems, and empirical research results ignored. Identifying core controversies surrounding teen pregnancy and parenting, this book resolves...
Categories: Child and Family Social Work, Parenting and Families, Sociology of the Family, Youth Work