Black Teenage Mothers: Pregnancy and Child Rearing from Their Perspective
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."
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Moynihan and Beyond
Facts about Teenage Pregnancy
Consequences for Research and Policy
What We Think about Teenage Pregnancy
Poverty Is the Central Problem
What Then Is the Problem?
The Missing Text of Adolescent Pregnancy
Beyond the Family
Health Care Institutions
Welfare and Work
Community Role Models
Findings Research Implications and Policy Suggestions
The World of the Black Teenage Mother
Method and Sample
Socialized to Motherhood
Mothers and Daughters
Fathers and Daughters
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