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Breaking the Adolescent Parent Cycle: Valuing Fatherhood and Motherhood (Paperback)
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Breaking the Adolescent Parent Cycle: Valuing Fatherhood and Motherhood (Paperback)

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Paperback 570 Pages / Published: 16/07/2009
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This book addresses the dilemma created by the discrepancy between our efforts to prevent adolescent pregnancy and our support of adolescent parenthood, which the author argues is America's greatest unrecognized public health crisis. It is the most preventable cause of crime and welfare dependency, and because we hold no expectations for parents who conceive and give birth to children, rates of child neglect and abuse in the United States far exceed those of other developed nations. Westman explores the circumstances and values that make motherhood seem to be girls' best option and that induce males to conceive without the ability to support their children. It proposes a feasible legal procedure as the basis for ensuring that adolescents' babies have competent parents with the resources and environments they need.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761845362
Number of pages: 570
Weight: 1048 g
Dimensions: 257 x 181 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Seldom do we see someone analyze social problems, review the relevant research, and offer practical solutions as compellingly...His insights no doubt derive from a unique combination of clinical, teaching, and research experience. -- Jay Belsky, director, Institute for the Study of Children, Families, and Social Issues, and professor, University of London
Offers the child advocate a solid foundation for doing good. It is grounded in research and theory and in profoundly 'pro-child' values. -- James Garbarino, director, Center for the Human Rights of Children, and professor, Loyola University Chicago
Please listen to perhaps the only person in America who has the knowledge and the answers...If everyone in government did, our prisons would be virtually empty in twenty years. And, childhood would again be a time of joy, instead of the nightmare is now is for too many children. -- Judge Charles D. Gill, Connecticut Superior Court
This extensive volume clearly presents, in ten parts, information that describes the situation, presents a foundation based on chaos/complexity theory, examines the developmental process of adolescence, considers the dynamics of adolescent parenthood, and explores the influence of families, communities, culture, and society on adolescent parents. . . . The complexity of the teenage parenting problem is evident in the scope of material provided, featured here in a clearly written format with extensive references. Recommended. * CHOICE, March 2010 *
Expanding beyond its title's scope, this holistic analysis of key issues for American adolescents benefits professionals who work in any capacity with youth and families.... Westman's views could transform the approach to parenthood in America. * Youth Today, September 2010 *
A tour de force...the first 360-degree examination of adolescent parenting - - looking at its social, cultural, and biological roots; its consequences for not only the adolescent mother, but also the generations on either side of her; and strategies for preventing adolescent childbearing, as well as for creating nurturing environments for children who are born to adolescent parents. -- Rebecca Maynard, university trustee and professor of education and social policy, University of Pennsylvania

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