By Patricia Meyer Spacks (auth.), Max Sugar M.D. (eds.)
The definition of the hazards of adolescent childbearing has obtained significant investigative recognition over the past decade. we now have progressively moved clear of simplistically learning younger maternal age because the sole determinant of biologie and psychosocial consequence, although we realize it really is among the elements which warrant attention. We now realize that if teens obtain sufficient and constant pre natal care, they and their babies should still do approximately as weIl as grownup ladies and their babies of comparable backgrounds. hence, the key morbidities for adolescent moms, adolescent fathers, and their babies are psychosocial: loss of academic and voca tional futures, failed marriages, and dependence on executive relief for aid. The adequacy of the parenting of adolescent parents and the long term developmental and actual results in their young children are principally unstudied. This publication, edited by way of Dr. Max Sugar, a well-known authority on early life, specializes in the real subject of adolescent parenthood. The authors of this well timed contribution procedure the subject of adolescent parenthood in a different type, using a mix of a number of ways: attention of fictional characters in historical past , astute and punctiliously conceptual ized scientific observations, reports of the literature, and their very own research. lt could be by utilizing this kind of inventive technique that we will outline the real quest ions which will be addressed approximately teens as mom and dad and the end result for his or her children.
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Pauker's (1971) longitudinal study stressed that there was no one personality or motivating causality model to explain all out-of-wedlock pregnancies. " Schaffer and Pine (1972) found a regularly recurring theme of conflict in the pregnant girl about mothering and being mothered, as well as gross denial. Nadelson (1974) stressed the factor of denial in relation to the largest number of requests for late abortions arising in adolescents. She also noted that pregnancy in an adolescent may be a way to announce her adulthood, that pregnancy may be a response to a loss, often of a parent.
Over 60 percent of premarital conceptions (therefore not limited to teens) in one survey resulted in marriage (Cutright, 1976). But teenage marriages are problem-mIed, as will be detailed further. BE A MOTHER OR GIVE UP THE BABY? If the girl decides to continue with the pregnancy to term, she has to consider keeping the baby or giving it up for adoption. This decision is complex and has many contributory channels which include the girl's psyche and conflict with her parents, the parents, the girl's wish for further education and a career, attitudes of rejection or acceptance by the culture and neighborhood, the socioeconomics and options available for support of the girl and her baby, and her religious convictions.
A central feature is the extent to which they dissociated their minds from their bodies and from the sensations arising in their bodies. They (both male and fern ale adolescents) feit that they must not have feelings and viewed the internalized mother as the person who was responsible for the control of their feelings .... 80th feit as though their mothers were giving them permission to experience feelings; but they also feit that she could withdraw this permission at any time, and their body and its sensations had to be disowned" (italies mine).