When Children Want Children: An Inside Look at the Crisis of Teenage Parenthood

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Penguin Books, 1989 - Social Science - 271 pages
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When "Washington Post" reporter Leon Dash set out to investigate the ever-lowering age of teenage parents, he expected to find ignorance about birth control and reproduction at the heart of the problem. But what he discovered shocked him: these pregnancies were almost always intentional. For teenagers who face an otherwise dreary and empty future, the birth of a baby often symbolizes a tangible achievement.

"When Children Want Children" exposes bitter truths about sex education, school counseling, and health clinics. It is an eloquent and painful story of our continuing failure to deal with an ongoing urban crisis.

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Very unlike Rosa Lee, in that this book reads like an account of Dash's experiences rather than a telling of the young women's stories. He did well abandoning this approach in Rosa Lee. Read full review

When children want children: the urban crisis of teenage childbearing

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Growing out of a fine series that reporter Dash did for the Washington Post in 1986, this book focuses on young black parents in a Washington, D.C. neighborhood. Dash's first-hand observations and ... Read full review


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