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When Fathers Matter/Why Fathers Matter: The Impact of Paternal Involvement on the Offspring of Adolescent Mothers

Citation

Furstenberg, 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.

Abstract

Book 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 Type

Book Chapter

Book Title

The Politics of Pregnancy: Adolescent Sexuality and Public Policy

Author(s)

Furstenberg, Frank F., Jr.
Harris, Kathleen Mullan

Editor(s)

Lawson, Annette
Rhode, Deborah L.

Year Published

1993

Pages

189-215

Publisher

Yale University Press

City of Publication

New Haven, Conn.

Reference ID

169