This text explores a broad range of perspectives on pregnancy and parenting at a young age from different international and cultural contexts, and looks at interventions and examples of good practice. Following an introduction, Chapter 1 provides statistics on teenage pregnancy and motherhood in the United Kingdom and other European countries, considers societal definitions of age, and discusses conceptualizations of sexuality, reproduction, and motherhood. Chapter 2 considers the Hmong in the United States as a community experiencing dramatic change while attempting to maintain its values, among them the tradition of young people marrying in their early teens. Pregnancy and childbearing among Latino adolescents are then considered in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 introduces the contextual framework for the education of young mothers in the United Kingdom by detailing current education policies and related issues, and Chapter 5 discusses the United Kingdom's Teenage Pregnancy Strategy, aimed at reducing social exclusion and reintegrating school-aged mothers into education. Chapter 6 explores the tensions and dilemmas in delivering sex education in Hong Kong, and Chapter 7 examines the role of young mothers as agents in the development of peer-delivered school-based sex education. The following chapter explores controversial issues surrounding teen pregnancy from a feminist perspective, including cross-racial adoption and abortion. Chapters 9 and 10 explore the roles and aspirations of young, single non-residential fathers and the barriers to effective teen father parenting. The final chapter considers the needs of girl students with emotional and behavior difficulties as they related to their educational needs around teenage pregnancy. Numerous references.
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