Whether glamorised or stigmatised, teenage parenthood is all too often used to stand for a host of social problems, and empirical research results ignored. Identifying core controversies surrounding teen pregnancy and parenting, this book resolves misperceptions using findings from large-scale, longitudinal, and qualitative research studies from the US and other Western countries.
Summarising the evidence and integrating it with a systems perspective, the authors explore ten prevalent myths about teenage parents, including:
- Teen pregnancy is associated with other behavior problems.
- Children of teen parents will experience cognitive delay, adjustment problems, and will themselves become teen parents.
- Better outcomes are achieved when teen mothers live with their own mothers.
- Teen pregnancy costs tax payers lots of money.
- Abstinence education is the best way to prevent teen pregnancy.
Teen Pregnancy and Parenting ends by highlighting the prevention and intervention implications for families, practitioners, and policymakers. It will be of interest to academics and advanced students from a range of disciplines and professions including psychology, public policy, nursing, social work and sociology.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. A Systems Perspective on Myths and Misperceptions 2. Myths and Misperceptions from Research 3. Myths and Misperceptions from Popular Culture 4. Myths and Misperceptions about Teen Pregnancy 5. Myths and Misperceptions about Teen Parents 6. Myths and Misperceptions about Children of Teen Parents 7. Myths and Misperceptions Related to Public Policy 8. Rethinking Cultural Myths
Keri Weed is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina Aiken, USA.
Jody S. Nicholson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Florida, USA.
Jaelyn R. Farris is Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State Harrisburg, USA.
‘This important scholarly work reviews longitudinal studies from the US, the UK, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South America on teen pregnancy prevention and intervention and investigates cultural myths that have biased research and policy… The volume presents complex theoretical models and is thus appropriate for advanced students, faculty, and professionals… Summing Up: Recommended. Senior-level undergraduates and above.’ - E. R. Paterson, SUNY College at Cortland, in CHOICE, May 2015