By Bonnie J. Ross Leadbeater
During this booklet the authors study intensive the lives of inner-city adolescent moms, going past stereotypes to light up the varied pathways to younger maturity taken via those younger women. the several methods they reply to changing into a mother or father mirror a number talents, aspirations, and helps. Their often-creative recommendations to dwelling in poverty, the depth in their wants to make their kid's lives larger, the peak in their younger ambition after they be triumphant, and the intensity in their soreness once they fail, all express a stunning variety. The authors argue that adolescent moms who input younger maturity with the abilities and wishes to deal with themselves and their youngsters should not the resilient few and current a long research of the multidimensional approaches that bring about and represent this resilience. In making optimistic feedback for social welfare guidelines and reforms, this booklet serves as an incredible version of the real makes use of of qualitative study for realizing the adolescent event. greater than that, the ebook sticks out between others through this social coverage point of view and its specialize in encouraging adolescent moms to arrive their potentials. This quantity goals to draw those that desire to study extra in regards to the adolescent adventure with no getting misplaced within the element of the equipment and analyses. To this finish, the most physique of the textual content provides common equipment and effects. Scholarly info of the paintings are put in appendices to which the reader can refer. A moment spotlight is the inclusion of impressionistic fabric, equivalent to rates from the adolescent moms who have been members during this examine. Such fabric brings to lifestyles the true problems with very genuine adolescents--their triumphs and struggles, their riches and poverty, their strengths and weaknesses.
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Ross Leadbeater —-Niobe Way Page 1 CHAPTER 1 Introduction: Beyond the Stereotypes: What Kind of Problem Is Teenage Parenting? Ample research has demonstrated the long- and short-term consequences and social costs of teenage parenting (see Furstenberg, Brooks-Gunn, & Morgan, 1987; Harris, 1997; Hayes, 1987; Lawson & Rhodes, 1993; Musick, 1993; Nathanson, 1991). , Lawson & Rhodes, 1993; Luker, 1996; Nathanson, 1991). This research paints a clear, consistent picture of the enduring difficulties that accompany too early parenting, as well as the clear economic advantages of postponing parenthood in favor of advanced education.
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Data from the New York study suggest that having a child as an adolescent is more than an individual choice—embedded as it is in this complex and changing social context. Chapter 2 ends with a detailed description of the participants in the New York study—a 6-year study of inner-city, poor, minority group adolescent mothers and their children. They were aged 14 to 18 when their children were born and were recruited from a community-based health center where they brought their children for well baby care at least once in the first month of the children’ life.