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By Dr. Naomi Farber Ph.D. MSW

Univ. of South Carolina university of Social paintings, Columbia. textual content presents directions for constructing youngster being pregnant prevention courses and useful functions for powerful social paintings intervention. additionally addresses such youngster difficulties as alcohol, drug use, early intercourse and being pregnant, and the desires of kids of kids. For social employees.

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In general, it is more appropriate to look for causes of illegitimacy by examining the causes of the above behaviors, rather than to look at illegitimacy as a separate entity. (Chilman, 1978, p. 199) In keeping with this perspective, the direction of research has been away from seeking conceptually unitary and universal explanations of teen pregnancy and toward more empirically based studies intended to establish causal relationships among numerous variables and fertility outcomes. The result of this burgeoning research is a significant amount of information about which young men and women, of particular demographic and psychological characteristics, under what physical, familial, social, and economic conditions are more or less likely to have sexual intercourse, become pregnant (or impregnate a girl), carry or abort a pregnancy, and remain unmarried or marry.

This is a noteworthy change partly because it suggests malleability in youths' behavior: that is, there is no inevitability in any particular pattern of the age of sexual initiation. Patterns of sexual initiation among young people vary by their race and ethnicity. By age 15, 25% of Hispanic girls, 26% of white girls, and 39% of black girls have had sexual intercourse (National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 2000). Other research finds that 81% and Dimensions of Adolescent Sexual Activity 11 62% of black and Hispanic boys respectively in high school and 67% and 53% of black and Hispanic girls in high school report having had intercourse.

The change was greatest among non-Hispanic whites, and coincided with an increase in the self-reported importance of religion, especially among fundamentalist Christian youth, and more conservative attitudes toward premarital sexual intercourse. Young men's perspectives on abortion are important to consider because the fathers of teens' babies often strongly influence the outcome of a young woman's pregnancy. The Kaiser Family Foundation (2000) reports that about 61% of minors who have abortions do so with at least one parent's knowledge and that the majority of those parents support their daughter's decision.

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