Adolescent Pregnancy: Policy and Prevention Services, Second Edition

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Springer Publishing Company, Jun 16, 2009 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Adolescent pregnancy is an important public health issue and this valuable, well-referenced book covers the risk factors, child-family outcomes, and prevention?.This is a very useful book for social workers and other professionals as a single source of current information about adolescent pregnancy and prevention.


This new edition of Adolescent Pregnancy contains everything a social worker needs to know to address adolescent sexual health risks and the recent rise in teen pregnancy rates. The second edition presents a new focus on cultural competence, presenting up-to-the-minute research on ethnically diverse populations.

This edition goes beyond just adolescent pregnancy, discussing STI and HIV risks, as well as drug and alcohol abuse. Other cutting-edge topics include the sexualization of children, secondary prevention, the impact of abstinence-only programs, and controversies over access to birth control and abortion.

Key features:

  • Guidelines for identifying pregnancy risk levels in adolescents, and determining appropriate interventions
  • New information about STI and HIV/AIDS prevention strategies
  • Theories of illegitimacy and teen pregnancy, and why pregnancy rates vary among ethnic groups
  • Research on pregnancy prevention programs that help both young men and women avoid unwanted pregnancy
  • Chapters on adolescent parenting, and secondary prevention among adolescent parents

With this book, practitioners can provide young men and women with the tools they need to regain control of their lives and their sexual health. A critically important read for social workers, health professionals, and policy makers who are concerned about adolescent pregnancy. "


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1 Dimensions of Adolescent Sexual Activity and Fertility
2 Theories of Illegitimacy
Sexual RiskTaking
A Continuum of Risk
5 Approaches to Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy
An Assessment Framework
7 Alcohol and Drug Use and Adolescent Pregnancy
8 A Developmental Perspective on Adolescent Parenting
9 Conclusion
State Laws on Minors Access to Abortion
State Policies for Sexuality and STDHIV Education

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This masterful and landmark book covers the complexity and diversity of adolescent pregnancy. Partial contents include: - Demensions of Adolescent Sexual Activity and Fertility. - Theories of Illegitimacy -Sexual Risk Taking -Approaches to Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy. -Planning Prevention Services: An assessmant framework.

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