Black Teenage Mothers: Pregnancy and Child Rearing from Their Perspective

Front Cover
Lexington Books, 1991 - Health & Fitness - 184 pages
0 Reviews
In this ground-breaking book, Constance Williams reveals why, contrary to the adverse outcomes previously attributed to their lot, many black teenage mothers consider their lives enriched by childbearing. Here is a poignant exploration of themeaning of pregnancy and motherhood to young women who, although impoverished, express hope as freely tell their stories and reveal new truths about their attitudes. Williams discoverss that it is more often socialization not ignorance that leads black teens into motherhood at such a young age. She also reveals why early childbearing for these teens may well be an adaptive and even reasonable response to their social and cultural realities."
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Moynihan and Beyond
1
Facts about Teenage Pregnancy
7
Determining Factors
8
Consequences for Research and Policy
14
What We Think about Teenage Pregnancy
17
Poverty Is the Central Problem
21
What Then Is the Problem?
24
The Missing Text of Adolescent Pregnancy
26
Beyond the Family
103
School
104
Health Care Institutions
110
Welfare and Work
113
Neighborhood
116
Community Organizations
119
Community Role Models
121
Findings Research Implications and Policy Suggestions
125

The World of the Black Teenage Mother
34
Method and Sample
39
Design
40
Data Collection
43
Themes
46
The Sample
50
Socialized to Motherhood
57
Mothers and Daughters
58
Fathers and Daughters
70
Responsibility
83
SelfEsteem
94
Findings
126
Research Implications
133
Policy Implications
135
Background on This Study
139
Sample Research Request Form
145
Sample Interview Guide
149
Notes
171
References
173
Index
179
About the Author
185
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

Bibliographic information