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Societies 2016, 6(4), 33; doi:10.3390/soc6040033

Reconsidering Teenage Pregnancy and Parenthood

Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 3718 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Academic Editor: Naomi Farber
Received: 26 July 2016 / Revised: 14 October 2016 / Accepted: 17 October 2016 / Published: 1 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Adolescent Pregnancy: Past, Present and Future Trends and Issues)
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This paper looks back at the findings reported in Destinies of the Disadvantaged: The Politics of Teenage Parenthood, a decade after its publication in light of recent research. Increasingly, the most methodologically sophisticated research has minimized the “causal impact” of early childbearing on later life events consistent with the findings of the Baltimore Study. I argue in the paper that we must see early childbearing primarily as a marker rather than a cause of economic disadvantage. As such, reducing early childbearing will have a minimal impact on the lives of highly disadvantaged teens unless those teens use the delay in childbearing to improve their education and labor market prospects. View Full-Text
Keywords: causes of teenage childbearing; teenage contraceptive use; consequences of teenage childbearing causes of teenage childbearing; teenage contraceptive use; consequences of teenage childbearing

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