By Dr. Naomi Farber Ph.D. MSW
Univ. of South Carolina collage of Social paintings, Columbia. textual content offers directions for constructing youngster being pregnant prevention courses and useful functions for potent social paintings intervention. additionally addresses such teenager difficulties as alcohol, drug use, early intercourse and being pregnant, and the wishes of kids of children. For social employees.
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In this chapter we will examine the development of theories about why some unmarried adolescents are more likely than others to become pregnant and bear children. It is only in the last 50 years or so that pregnancy and parenthood among adolescents have been defined as discrete formal categories for study; and even more recently as a special population in need of services by professional social workers. Today the dominant conceptualization of teenage pregnancy and childbearing views the outcome of adolescent parenthood in terms of the many complex decisions an individual teenager makes from the time she becomes sexually active to deciding to keep her child (Grow, 1979).
Sexually active young men report an average of two different partners in the last year, but only 20% have more than one partner in the same month (Zabin & Hayward, 1993). Among sexually active young women in the same age range, 58% of them have had 2 or more sexual partners (Zabin & Hayward, 1993). The percentage of 9th to 12th grade students who reported having 4 or more sexual partners declined from 19% in 1993 to 16 in 1999: 19% for men and 13% for women (Kaiser Family Fund, 2000). There are differences by race and gender in adolescents' patterns of sexual activity and partnering.
Other research found that 20% of sexually active young women had not had intercourse in the last 3 months (Zabin & Hayward, 1993). Sexually active young men spend about half of the year without having intercourse. Young men (31%) are more likely than young women (24%) to report that they are currently abstinent (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2000). Levels of sexual activity tend to increase with age, with older teens reporting having sex more often and having shorter periods of abstinence. Sexual relationships among adolescents tend to be episodic and of short duration.
Adolescent Pregnancy: Policy and Prevention Services by Dr. Naomi Farber Ph.D. MSW