Teen Pregnancy and Parenting
Rethinking the Myths and Misperceptions
Routledge – 2014 – 224 pages
Whether glamorised or stigmatised, teenage parenthood is all too often used to stand for a host of social ills, and empirical research results ignored. Identifying core controversies surrounding teen pregnancy and parenting, this book resolves misperceptions using findings from large-scale and longitudinal 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 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.
1. The Social and Historical Context of Teen Pregnancy and Parenting 2. Perceptions of Teen Pregnancy and Parenting from Popular Culture 3. Perceptions of Teen Pregnancy and Parenting based on Research 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 Romantic Partners and Mothers of Teen Mothers 8. Myths and Misperceptions Related to Public Policy 9. Rethinking Myths and Misperceptions from a Systems Perspective
Keri Weed is Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of South Carolina at Aitken, USA.
Jaelyn R. Farris is Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State Harrisburg, USA
Jody Nicholson is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA