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Teenage Pregnancy

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:

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
   
STATISTICS:

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

Guttmacher Institute, U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births, and Abortions: National and State Trends by Race and Ethnicity (PDF) January 2010
[ http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/USTPtrends.pdf ]

ELECTRONIC INDEXES:

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

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,
Feb 28, 2011, 10:23 AM
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