An "Epidemic" of Adolescent Pregnancy?: Some Historical and Policy Considerations

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byMaris A. Vinovskis

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In classrooms and in living rooms, in research institutions and on Capitol Hill, teenage pregnancy is one of the most controversial public issues of our day. Yet after all the investigation and government effort, what is really known about the problem of adolescent pregnancy and how to dealwith it? And what is the role of the social scientist and historian in a public issue of this kind? In this study, Maris Vinovskis--a prominent demographic historian and a participant in both Carter's and Reagan's Presidential initiatives on teenage pregnancy--sets these questions within ahistorical framework and discusses a host of current issues and policy considerations. Vinovskis begins by examining adolescent sexuality and childbearing in early America and evaluating whether there has in fact been an "epidemic" of adolescent pregnancy in American history. In the followingchapters, he addresses the rise of adolescent pregnancy as a national issue and assesses the government's response to it, both in Congress and the Presidency. Bringing his unique qualifications as a historian and a policy planner to his study, Vinovskis offers readers a provocative new context forunderstanding a pressing public issue of the 1980s.

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In classrooms and in living rooms, in research institutions and on Capitol Hill, teenage pregnancy is one of the most controversial public issues of our day. Yet after all the investigation and government effort, what is really known about the problem of adolescent pregnancy and how to dealwith it? And what is the role of the social ...

Maris A. Vinovskis is at University of Michigan.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.54 × 5.94 × 1.14 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"Vinovskis shows that persons with opposing perspectives differ as much in how they define the problem of adolescent pregnancy as they do in their personal and political values, and that these differences arise in part from hurried and partial assessments of the historical and demographicfacts."--Kristin A. Moore, Child Trends, Inc.