TITLE

SOCIO-ECONOMIC OUTCOMES OF TEEN PREGNANCY AND PARENTHOOD: A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE

AUTHOR(S)
Bissell, Mary
PUB. DATE
September 2000
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2000, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p191
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper reviews literature examining the socio-economic consequences of teen pregnancy and childbearing as well as the birth intentions of teenage women who have become mothers. The literature indicates that women who become teen mothers, as compared to women who delay childbearing past the teen years, are more likely to be socio-economically disadvantaged. However, research increasingly suggests that, depending on the circumstances of the women in question. socio- economic disadvantage is correlated with but not necessarily a consequence of early childbearing, in addition, the literature suggests that a range of factors, including cultural norms and individual needs, can impact on the childrearing decisions of teenage women. It is concluded that policies and programs aimed at reducing teen pregnancy rates and eliminating the negative consequences experienced by teen mothers and their children are unlikely to be fully effective unless they realistically address the socio-economic inequities faced by many young women in Canada.
ACCESSION #
5098661

 

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