By Frank F. Furstenberg Jr, J. Brooks-Gunn, S. Philip Morgan
This landmark examine strains the lifestyles histories of roughly three hundred teenage moms and their young children over a seventeen-year interval. From interview info and case stories, it offers a bright account of the impression of early childbearing on younger moms and their kids. a few impressive and stunning effects emerge from this designated research of the long run version to early parenthood. It additionally bargains new insights into the unexplored connections among moms' careers and the improvement in their young children. Adolescent moms in Later lifestyles should be a useful source for all these drawn to teenage being pregnant.
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This often occurred when their youngest child entered school. Viviana James is an example of such a women. She returned to school as soon as her second child entered the first grade. She felt bored in the poorly paid clerical job she had held for several years and was told that she could qualify for a more responsible and better-paying position if she only had a high school diploma. She persuaded a cousin to stay with her child while she took a GED preparation class. She had no difficulty passing the examination and received a promotion the following year.
Experience in adulthood Looking back on the transition to parenthood Nearly all participants in the Baltimore study were in their middle teens when they first became pregnant and in their early twenties at the 5-year follow-up. This chapter reviews their life histories in the subsequent period from 1972 to 1984. We have omitted a full description of the teenage years, when most of the young mothers were struggling to remain in school, enter the job market, and establish a marital relationship while raising a child.
Data collected in 1984 revealed that the vast majority were able to control their fertility in the second phase of the study. Indeed, most had fewer children than they originally intended and not even as many as they had expected in 1972. 4 shows the number of additional children born to the women who participated in the 17-year follow-up, broken down by whether the births occurred in the first or second segment of the study. Overall, about a fifth of the women never had a second birth, two-fifths had only one more child, 26% had two additional births, and the remainder (12%) had three or more children.