By Dr. Naomi Farber Ph.D. MSW
Univ. of South Carolina collage of Social paintings, Columbia. textual content offers directions for constructing youngster being pregnant prevention courses and sensible functions for powerful social paintings intervention. additionally addresses such youngster difficulties as alcohol, drug use, early intercourse and being pregnant, and the wishes of kids of adolescents. For social staff.
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2000). Within each of these groups, the birth rates declined more for teenagers aged 15-17 than among older teens. Rates of second births to teenage mothers also declined significantly between 1991 and 1997. , 2000). , 2000). These differences are in part related to patterns of racial and ethnic composition of each state. Generally, those states with a higher proportion of black and Hispanic teens have higher rates of teen pregnancy and childbearing. However, when comparing teen birth rates by race and ethnicity it is important to consider the impact of poverty on patterns of early conception and childbearing.
Nevertheless, the emphasis on cultural patterns and social factors underlying the theoretically rich sociological and anthropological literature on illegitimacy provides an important foundation for our current understanding of social and cultural dimensions of teen pregnancy and parenthood. This body of sociocultural research on illegitimacy, drawn mainly from research in the United States, has been categorized usefully by social work scholar Robert Roberts (1966) according to a three-part typology: cultural relativism, cultural absolutism, and cultural relationism.
The convergence among white, black, and Hispanic youths in their likelihood of early sexual activity has been one of the most significant changes in sexual behavior in recent years (Zabin & Hayward, 1993). Anecdotal evidence suggests that some Hispanic youth engage more than others in anal intercourse. In addition to differences by race and ethnicity in early initiation of sexual activity, there are differences by socioeconomic status that appear to be independent of race or ethnicity. Living in poverty is strongly associated with beginning to be sexually active as an adolescent.
Adolescent Pregnancy: Policy and Prevention Services by Dr. Naomi Farber Ph.D. MSW