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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 functional purposes for potent social paintings intervention. additionally addresses such youngster difficulties as alcohol, drug use, early intercourse and being pregnant, and the desires of youngsters of youth. For social staff.

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While research using narrowly psychodynamic theory has not proven to be powerful in predicting which young women are more likely to become pregnant or young mothers, this does not mean that there are not significant psychological processes associated with heightened risk, as we will see in subsequent chapters. However, this earlier research did not adequately address some basic methodological problems such as whether observed psychopathology represented a preexisting condition or resulted from the many stresses associated with being a young and single mother.

Rates of Adolescent Pregnancy About 10% of all American girls aged 15-19—one million—become pregnant each year. This means that 4 in 10 young women become pregnant at least once before the age of 20. Despite the continued alarming incidence of teen pregnancy, the most recent information shows that there has been a steady decline in the rates of pregnancies among all teenagers and among sexually active teenagers since 1991. 2). 7 per 1,000 women aged 15-19. , 2000). The pregnancy rates declined for adolescents of all ages.

Births to Adolescents There was a steady drop throughout the 1990s in the proportion of American teenagers who gave birth. , 2000). Importantly, the birth rate was lower for all teens and for sexually active teens. This reflects the lower level of sexual initiation and activity among young people and better use of birth control. 3). 3 Teen birth rates (births per thousand females), ages 15-17 and 18-19, 1960-1996. Source: Ventura et al. (1997). 2000). , 2000). , 2000). As with the younger teens, the number of births to teens in this age group also dropped.

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