By Dr. Naomi Farber Ph.D. MSW
Univ. of South Carolina university of Social paintings, Columbia. textual content presents directions for constructing teenager being pregnant prevention courses and functional purposes for powerful social paintings intervention. additionally addresses such teenager difficulties as alcohol, drug use, early intercourse and being pregnant, and the wishes of kids of young people. For social staff.
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Some research finds that 16% of teenagers who rely only on birth control pills do not take them consistently (National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 1999). Teenagers who recently began to use the pill and those who have already had one unplanned pregnancy also tend to be inconsistent in their use. Such irregular contraceptive use is evident in the fact that despite high rates of reported use, an estimated 78% of pregnancies are characterized by adolescents as being unplanned (The Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1999).
It is not surprising, then, to find that these girls feel the lack of a secure affectional relationship to parents and to other persons. In these cases the mother particularly seems to be a dominant, aggressive, unloving person. She is frequently rejecting and frankly punitive. (Little, 1944, p. " Nevertheless, she recommended that caseworkers should attempt to "uncover and evaluate those emotional needs that are related to pregnancy and the coming decision [regarding whether or not to relinquish the infant]" (Scherz, 1947, p.
Although social workers did not believe that it was their right to make such decisions for unmarried mothers, there was greater acceptance of more directive intervention to protect the illegitimate child from a neurotic mother's poor judgment. One of the prominent writers of the time on practice with unmarried mothers, Leontine Young, argued that social workers should be more "realistic" in assessing both the strengths and the needs of young mothers and encourage them to make final decisions about relinquishing infants rather than support the then-common solution of foster care.
Adolescent Pregnancy: Policy and Prevention Services by Dr. Naomi Farber Ph.D. MSW