The Male Role in Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting: New Directions for Public Policy.

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Vera Institute of Justice, Inc., New York, NY. Study Group on the Male Role in Teenage Pregnancy.
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Once neglected by researchers, policy makers, and social service providers, males who have fathered or who are at risk of fathering children born to young mothers are the subjects of growing interest. This booklet addresses the male role in adolescent pregnancy and parenting. The first section discusses the social costs of teenage pregnancy, especially poverty. The male role in early pregnancy is changing rapidly, as gender and parenting roles are transformed and as economic prospects for minorities and the poor become bleaker. The second section discusses current policies and programs in the three areas of pregnancy prevention, child support, and social services for young fathers. Existing evaluations of these programs are discussed, although few rigorous evaluations of programs for males have been conducted. Practitioners' experiences, both positive and negative, with program implementation are described. Research relevant to the need for different types of intervention is reviewed. The authors discuss how these intervention efforts deal with economic empowerment, developmental appropriateness, and sex equity. Since services for young fathers are at an early stage of development at present, the authors recommend further experimentation and documentation. References, bibliography.

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