Teenage pregnancy in perspective

Robert W Blum, J. Goldhagen

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In an effort to provide the clinician with suggestions for preventive and remedial approaches to adolescent pregnancy, the nature, medical, social, economic, and psychological aspects of the problem are reviewed and discussed. While the rate of adolescent pregnancy is declining, there are more than 560,000 deliveries to teenagers annually. Medical risks are significantly diminished by early and comprehensive prenatal care. The major complications continue to be social and economic. Lower I.Q.s in offspring of adolescent mothers have been reported. Failure to complete high school significantly increases the risk of unemployment, trapping the premature parent and her offspring in a web of poverty. A lack of a sense of future and viable alternatives may legitimize the option of motherhood in the minds of many adolescent girls. Furthermore, an ignorance and a denial of sexuality combined with the developmental imperatives of experimentation and rebellion place the adolescent at high risk for pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-340
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Volume20
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

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Pregnancy in Adolescence
Medical Economics
High-Risk Pregnancy
Prenatal Care
Unemployment
Sexuality
Poverty
Economics
Mothers
Psychology

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Blum, R. W., & Goldhagen, J. (1981). Teenage pregnancy in perspective. Clinical Pediatrics, 20(5), 335-340.

Teenage pregnancy in perspective. / Blum, Robert W; Goldhagen, J.

In: Clinical Pediatrics, Vol. 20, No. 5, 1981, p. 335-340.

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Blum, RW & Goldhagen, J 1981, 'Teenage pregnancy in perspective', Clinical Pediatrics, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 335-340.
Blum, Robert W ; Goldhagen, J. / Teenage pregnancy in perspective. In: Clinical Pediatrics. 1981 ; Vol. 20, No. 5. pp. 335-340.
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