TEENAGE PREGNANCY PATHFINDER

DEFINITION: “Pregnancy and parenthood during adolescence is an undesirable social phenomenon and is largely an unintended consequence of adolescent sexual behavior. It can be viewed as an indicator of early, non-marital sexual activity among adolescents; a problem created by the availability of contraception and particularly of abortion services; or a social burden resulting from serious social and economic consequences of adolescent parenting.” (National Research Council, Encyclopedia of Adolescence)

NARROW THE TOPIC:
  • What is the economic impact of teen pregnancy?
  • Should schools offer contraceptives?
  • Is the Norplant an effective means of birth control?
  • Is the “safe sex” campaign effective?
  • What is the economic impact of high-risk infants?
  • What are the most effective ways to reduce teen pregnancy?
  • What effect will welfare reform have on teen mothers?
  • What are the health risks of teen pregnancy?
  • Why do teens want to have babies?

ONLINE CATALOG SUBJECT HEADINGS:
  • Adolescent Mothers
  • Pregnancy—Teenagers
  • Pregnant Schoolgirls
  • Teenage Pregnancy
  • Teenage Mothers
  • Unmarried Mothers

SELECTED PRINT RESOURCES (REF indicates a non-circulating item):

Destinies of the disadvantaged : the politics of teenage childbearing / Frank F. Furstenberg.
by Furstenberg, Frank F., 1940-
New York : Russell Sage Foundation, c2007.
Call #: HQ759.4 .F865 2007
Location: Main Stacks

Out of wedlock : causes and consequences of nonmarital fertility / Lawrence L. Wu and Barbara Wolfe, editors.
Add to my list
New York : Russell Sag Foundation, c2001.
Call #: HV700.5 .O97 2001
Location: Main Stacks

STATISTICS:

U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions: National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity [http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/USTPtrends.pdf] - Guttmacher Institute

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Teen Births FastStats [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/teenbrth.htm]

ELECTRONIC INDEXES:

ProQuest
Academic Search Premier
Points of View
CINAHL

GOOGLE SCHOLAR: "teenage pregnancy" (search limited to 2000 to 2010)
"adolescent pregnancy" (search limited to 2000 to 2010)

SUGGESTED INTERNET SITES:

Guttmacher Institute [http://www.guttmacher.org/index.html] - Four decades after its creation, the Guttmacher Institute continues to advance sexual and reproductive health in the United States and worldwide through an interrelated program of social science research, policy analysis and public education designed to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate and promote sound policy and program development.

CITING YOUR SOURCES:

Avoiding Plagiarism (The Online Writing Lab OWL at Perdue University) [http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/1/]

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Mark Jackson,
Aug 4, 2010, 11:52 AM
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