Adolescent Pregnancy: Policy and Prevention Services by Dr. Naomi Farber Ph.D. MSW

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By Dr. Naomi Farber Ph.D. MSW

Univ. of South Carolina university of Social paintings, Columbia. textual content offers guidance for constructing youngster being pregnant prevention courses and sensible functions for powerful social paintings intervention. additionally addresses such teenager difficulties as alcohol, drug use, early intercourse and being pregnant, and the desires of kids of children. For social staff.

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This trend is consistent with changes in attitudes of young males toward abortion. Between 1988 and 1995 approval of abortion by young men decreased significantly (Boggess & Bradner, 2000). 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.

In other research, sexually active male adolescents reported having intercourse an average of three times in the last month (Zabin & Hayward, 1993). Many teenagers are regularly abstinent for periods of time. Over one quarter of 9th-12th grade students who have initiated sex say they are currently abstinent. In one study, 44% of first-time users of familyplanning services at a clinic reported being abstinent for 4-month intervals (Zabin & Hayward, 1993). Other research found that 20% of sexually active young women had not had intercourse in the last 3 months (Zabin & Hayward, 1993).

In identifying the modern foundation of social workers' responses to illegitimacy, Helen Harris Perlman summarized incisively this theoretical cleavage: What do we believe—or know—to be the causes of sexual "acting out" that lead to unmarried motherhood? What motivates the individual girls or woman to violate what she "knows" (at least above the eyebrows) to be "wrong"? As soon as one examines the causation theory that has guided social work's practice with the girl and woman wtio is illegitimately pregnant, it becomes clear that something of a split or professional schizophrenia exists.

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