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date: 03 December 2022

Pregnant and Parenting Adolescentslocked

Pregnant and Parenting Adolescentslocked

  • Cynthia FranklinCynthia FranklinUniversity of Texas at Austin
  •  and Melissa ReederMelissa ReederSchool of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

Summary

Adolescent parenthood continues to be a public health concern despite the fact that the numbers of adolescent births have been declining over the past decade. The United States ranks number one in adolescent pregnancies out of all the industrialized nations. While reducing the number of adolescent pregnancies is important, supporting those who do become young parents is equally vital and an important concern for social workers. This chapter covers the demographics of adolescent parents as well as the risk and protective factors associated with adolescent pregnancy and parenthood. In addition, it reviews the current state of program development and the need for additional research and evaluation.

Subjects

  • Children and Adolescents
  • Couples and Families
  • Clinical and Direct Practice

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