Teenage Pregnancy. Social Policy Choices Carole Hanks. School of Nursing. Agenda. Burton’s article and her approach to research on a social problem 20 min
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Related to what we have studied this semester: identifying and defining social issues; measuring beliefs, dispositions, and behaviors related to those issues (specification); developing and evaluating social policy
Is teenage pregnancy a “problem” or a strategy to deal with poverty and the poor health and deprivation linked to poverty
The wrong public policy could do more harm than good.
teenage pregnancy and birth is not a very useful construct, that is, it is too general -- covering a wide age span and drastically different cultural contexts
what is normative in one culture may not be in another
social policy must recognize the rationale for deciding to give birth as a teen
social policy should address “proximate determinants” of neonatal births such as poor nutrition, STD’s, access to medical services, and poor health status. Other social science issues in the decision to give birth and the sucess or failure for the mother and child include rural isolation, unemployment, low wages, lack of day care.
postponed childbearing among the poor could lead to increased rates of infant mortality, childhood morbidity, welfare dependency, and more years spent in poverty for children.,