Adolescent Mothers in Later Life (Human Development in by Frank F. Furstenberg Jr, J. Brooks-Gunn, S. Philip Morgan

By Frank F. Furstenberg Jr, J. Brooks-Gunn, S. Philip Morgan

This landmark examine lines the lifestyles histories of roughly three hundred teenage moms and their kids over a seventeen-year interval. From interview information and case experiences, it presents a vibrant account of the effect of early childbearing on younger moms and their youngsters. a few striking and brilliant effects emerge from this distinct learn of the long run model to early parenthood. It additionally deals new insights into the unexplored connections among moms' careers and the improvement in their childrens. Adolescent moms in Later existence could be a useful source for all these attracted to teenage being pregnant.

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I learned through bitter experience. When I first had the baby, I thought that her father was going to do everything for her, you know, take care like he's supposed to and everything. But things turned out different. Like they say you learn through experience, and that's what I'm doing. . When I first got married, I went the wrong way. Well, it wasn't the wrong way at the time. I thought it was right. My husband didn't want me to work. [I was] sitting home, cleaning up, cooking and everything.

Unlike the popular stereotype, most teenage mothers did not become chronic welfare recipients. In 1984, slightly under a quarter of the women (and exactly a quarter of the blacks) had received public assistance in the past year, a small decline from the proportion who had been on welfare in 1972. Of the 70% who ever received welfare during the course of the study, close to two-thirds went off the welfare rolls by 1984.

As observed in the previous chapter, marriage rates have drastically fallen off for blacks, divorce is endemic, and remarriage is relatively rare. It is just possible that the teenage mothers' inability to maintain a stable marriage is not very different from that of women who delay childbearing. The national surveys were again consulted, serving as a baseline for comparison. 2 contrasts the marital distribution of the Baltimore women with their counterparts in the three national surveys, broken down by their age at first birth.

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