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Univ. of South Carolina collage of Social paintings, Columbia. textual content presents directions 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 wishes of youngsters of teenagers. For social staff.
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At the same time, sex among the poor carries with it no expectation of long-term obligation between partners. The birth of an illegitimate child also carries different meanings for poor women: The innocent sophistication includes the total acceptance of a child if a child comes. In the ghetto, the meaning of the illegitimate child is not ultimate disgrace. There is not a demand for abortion or surrender of the child that one finds in more privileged communities. The child is proof of womanhood, something of her own to have.
311) Nevertheless, through the 1930s, while illegitimate pregnancy frequently was thought to be the result of poor or inadequate social conditions or of feeblemindedness or other mental incapacity, social work writers often exhorted their colleagues to withhold approbation. Joanna Colcord asserted that, "In approaching unmarried maternity as social phenomenon, we want to get rid of the idea that unmarried mothers as a class differ especially from other girls of their age and status" (Joanna Colcord, 1923, p.
2% (National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 1999). Despite the generally positive trends in birth rates among black and Hispanic adolescents, they continue to have significantly higher rates than other adolescents. , 2000). Within each of these groups, the birth rates declined more for teenagers aged 15-17 than among older teens. Rates of second births to teenage mothers also declined significantly between 1991 and 1997. , 2000). , 2000). These differences are in part related to patterns of racial and ethnic composition of each state.