Early Childbearing Perspectives of Black Adolescents on Pregnancy, Abortion and Contraception

by Ellen Wood Freeman, Karl Rickels

Part of the SAGE Library of Social Research Series

Early Childbearing Perspectives of Black Adolescents on Pregnancy, Abortion and Contraception Synopsis

The challenge of reaching teenagers before an unintended pregnancy occurs is particularly pertinent when considering unmarried teenagers from disadvantaged circumstances: while the incidence of teenage pregnancy increases, resources to assist adolescents in both child care and employment are lacking. This volume presents a thorough and sensitive exploration of the topic of sexually active teenagers and the factors involved in their decisions about contraception, abortion and childbearing. The authors conducted their research among African Americans, aged from 13 to 17, living in deprived, urban areas. They describe the teenagers' attitudes about childbearing relative to other goals and perceived attitudes of family and friends; they conclude that pregnancy is seen as a choice based on perceptions of childbearing in the psychosocial context of their lives.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780803952836
Publication date: 31st January 1994
Author: Ellen Wood Freeman, Karl Rickels
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 232 pages
Categories: Psychology, Public health & preventive medicine,

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