Teenage Childbearing as a Public Issue and Private Concern.

Annu. Rev. Sociol 01/2003; 29:23-39. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.soc.29.010202.100205

ABSTRACT Key Words family change, public policy s Abstract Teenage childbearing has been a topic of sociological research, public discourse, and political discussion since the mid-1960s. It is surprising that the intensity and topics of the discussion over this period have corresponded poorly with research on the rates and consequences of teenage childbearing. This essay chronicles the history of the issue of early childbearing and my contributions to this field of study.

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