Teen Parents and Their Children, Issues and Programs: Hearing Before the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, House of Representatives, Ninety-eighth Congress, First Session, Hearing Held in Washington, D.C., on July 20, 1983

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Page 21 - A longitudinal study in an urban area has found that most of the adolescent mothers were highly dependent on the family, especially during the first several years after the birth. Approximately 70 percent" were living with one or both parents at the time of the birth, and more than a third were still residing with the parents five years later. Parents most typically provide room, board, and child care.
Page 22 - ... before the birth of the child. Consequences for Society Early childbearing also has an impact on society, for when individuals cannot realize their full educational and occupational potential, society loses their economic contributions. In addition, if early childbearers utilize public services more than other women public expenditures on programs such as Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), Medicaid, and food stamps increase. In fact, AFDC mothers are more likely to have been teen...
Page 132 - The current belief that illegitimacy will be reduced if teenage girls are given an effective contraceptive is an extension of the same reasoning that created the problem in the first place. It reflects an unwillingness to face problems of social control and social discipline, while trusting some technological device to extricate society from its difficulties. The irony is that the illegitimacy rise occurred precisely while contraception was becoming more, rather than less, widespread and respectable.
Page 18 - ... first birth on education holds even when background characteristics are controlled, and is felt by both males and females, but the effect on women is stronger and increases over time. Young mothers are more likely to express regret over their educational careers. The effect of adolescent childbearing on education is especially important since it affects occupation and earnings. A decade after high school, women who became mothers early were more likely to be working than their classmates but...
Page 39 - National Center for Health Statistics: Advance report of final natality statistics, 1979.
Page 9 - ... in an increase in premarital pregnancy. Over the same period, however, these same young women reported a dramatic increase in overall contraceptive use, in use of the most effective methods, and in more regular use of all methods — changes which, other things being equal, should have led to a decrease in premarital pregnancy...
Page 104 - Babies born to teenage mothers are much more likely to die in the first year of life than those born to mothers over age 20.
Page 50 - Final natality statistics - 1978. Monthly Vital Statistics Report.
Page 15 - ... In the preceding decade. The baby boom was a dramatic demographic event which will continue to influence our society for many years to come. Its implication for us is simple; it means that although the birth rates for most teens were declining in the seventies, the number of teen births rose until 1970 and declined slowly thereafter. Since birth rates and numbers of births were falling faster for older women, the proportion of births to teens actually rose. If we looked no further, we might conclude...
Page 39 - Zelnik M, Kantner JF: First pregnancies to women aged 15-19: 1976 and 1971. Fam Plann Perspect 10:11-20, 1978a.

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