The Politics of Pregnancy: Adolescent Sexuality and Public Policy

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Yale University Press, Aug 1, 1995 - Social Science - 348 pages
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Teenage pregnancy is widely viewed as a significant social problem. In this book, prominent American and British researchers in law, psychology, sociology, medicine, philosophy, and history argue that the problem is not so much teenagers who want sex too soon, but a society that offers too little help too late-too little birth-control information, too few job opportunities, and too little reason for many low-income teenagers to stay in school and delay childbearing.
 

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Contents

Adolescent Sexuality Pregnancy and Childbearing
23
Teenage Pregnancy
46
A Perspective
59
The Cultural Construction
101
Procreative Choice for Adolescent Women
126
Conscious and Preconscious Motivation for Pregnancy
144
Psychological and Social Characteristics of Teenagers
159
Reflections on Family
174
The Impact
189
The Need for Diverse
257
Sexual Politics and the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention
284
Adolescent Pregnancy and Public Policy
301
Contributors
337
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