This book addresses the dilemma created by the discrepancy between our efforts to prevent adolescent pregnancy and our support of adolescent parenthood, which the author argues is America's greatest unrecognized public health crisis. It is the most preventable cause of crime and welfare dependency, and because we hold no expectations for parents who conceive and give birth to children, rates of child neglect and abuse in the United States far exceed those of other developed nations. Westman explores the circumstances and values that make motherhood seem to be girls' best option and that induce males to conceive without the ability to support their children. It proposes a feasible legal procedure as the basis for ensuring that adolescents' babies have competent parents with the resources and environments they need.If she wanted to keep her son, she would have to finish a parenting class and a drug education class, go back to school and promise not to contact friends from her former ... From the shelter to the hospital to gather Thomas and his breathing monitor and his medicine and diapers. ... aTime for bed!a Amy called at 9:30. Lillie looked surprised. It had been years since anyone had told her to go to bed. ... Then theya#39;d fix breakfast, pack lunches, get all seven kids dressed and load the van.
|Title||:||Breaking the Adolescent Parent Cycle|
|Author||:||Jack C. Westman|
|Publisher||:||University Press of America - 2009-06-16|