CitationFurstenberg, Frank F., Jr. & Harris, Kathleen Mullan (1993). When Fathers Matter/Why Fathers Matter: The Impact of Paternal Involvement on the Offspring of Adolescent Mothers. In Lawson, Annette & Rhode, Deborah L. (Eds.), The Politics of Pregnancy: Adolescent Sexuality and Public Policy (pp. 189-215). New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press.
AbstractBook abstract: Teenage pregnancy is widely viewed as a significant social problem. This path-breaking book argues that much of the problem stems from simplistic or inaccurate perceptions of what the problem is. Is it pregnancy in the teen years? Adolescent childbirth? Childbirth to teenagers outside marriage? Adolescent sexual activity? Commentators in this volume believe that the problem is not so much teenagers who want sex too soon, but a society that offers too little too late―too little birth-control information, too few job opportunities, and too little reason for many low-income teenagers to stay in school and delay childbearing. Although most individuals believe that childbirth outside of marriage for women under eighteen is a cause of poverty, these essays suggest that poverty is also a partial cause of early childbirth.
Reference TypeBook Chapter
Book TitleThe Politics of Pregnancy: Adolescent Sexuality and Public Policy
Author(s)Furstenberg, Frank F., Jr.
Harris, Kathleen Mullan