When Children Want Children: The Urban Crisis of Teenage Childbearing

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University of Illinois Press, 1989 - Social Science - 270 pages
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Leon Dash spent a year living in one of the poorest ghettos in Washington, D.C., and a total of seventeen months conducting interviews examining the causes and effects of the ever-lowering age of teenage parents among poor black youths.
Dash had expected to find inadequate sex education and a lack of birth control to be the root cause of the growing trend toward early motherhood, but his conversations with the mothers themselves revealed the truth to be more complex: these pregnancies were almost always intentional.
A riveting account that tells the human stories behind the statistics, When Children Want Children allows readers to hear the voices of young adults struggling with poverty and parenthood and gets to the heart of teenage parents' cultural values and motivation.
 

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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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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
11
CHAPTER TWO
37
CHAPTER THREE
57
CHAPTER FOUR
83
CHAPTER FIVE
141
CHAPTER SIX
171
CHAPTER SEVEN
195
CHAPTER EIGHT
215
CHAPTER NINE
235
EPILOGUE
263
NDNOTES
271
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Leon Dash is Swanlund Endowed Chair and professor of journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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