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Young, Poor, and Pregnant


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Judith S. Musick, a developmental psychologist, is vice chairman of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a public-private initiative for disadvantaged youth and their families that has been in existence since 1981.


No social, economic or educational intervention can prevent teen pregnancy unless the possibility of a better life is rooted in their psychology and their dreams, suggests Musick in this definitive study. The author, a developmental psychologist and vice-chairman of the Illinois statewide Ounce of Prevention Fund--an initiative for disadvantaged youths--demonstrates that pregnancy is the easiest response to developmental challenges facing an adolescent girl, providing love, status and identity, at least for a while. Synthesizing previous research and the experiences of young mothers vividly reported in journal entries here, Musick also tackles such questions as whether sexual abuse leads to early motherhood. The way to prevent teen pregnancy or improve young mothers' lives, she concludes, is for the nation to create caring institutions that foster the individual's readiness for productive adulthood. (June)

"At last, a bright light on the heretofore hidden dimension of teenage pregnancy. Judith Musick not only illuminates the internal psychological components of teenage pregnancy and parenting, but brilliantly shows how they interact with external factors like poverty, deprivation, and violence to frustrate those preventive and ameliorative efforts that do not take them into account."-Lisbeth B. Schorr, Director, Harvard University Project on Effective Services and coauthor with Daniel Schorr of Within Our Reach: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage and Despair

"A significant contribution to the field of adolescent sexuality and parenting that will be read by researchers, program planners, and teachers."-Lorraine Klerman, m.d., Yale University

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