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Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 233–249 | Cite as

Adolescents as mothers: An interdisciplinary approach to a complex problem

  • Howard J. Osofsky
  • Joy D. Osofsky
  • Norman Kendall
  • Renga Rajan
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Abstract

Pregnancy among adolescents, and especially among low-income adolescents, represents a high-risk situation from multiple points of view. When compared to data for the population at large, obstetrical outcome is worsened, subsequent educational attainment is poor, social prognosis is guarded, and repeat unwanted pregnancies are common. The surviving infants, similarly have relatively high incidences of medical and developmental problems. In recent years, comprehensive interdisciplinary programs have been organized to offer more meaningful help to these individuals. The present report describes the authors' 5-year experience with one early intensive program. Considerable medical, educational, and social successes have been noted. The results are especially striking when contrasted with the authors' current experience with an improving but still more fragmented and less successful program. Findings concerning infant development and the mother-infant interaction are also noted. Finally, issues related to the achievement of successes and the persistence of problems after provision of more adequate comprehensive services are discussed.

Keywords

Educational Attainment School Psychology Current Experience Multiple Point Interdisciplinary Approach 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard J. Osofsky
    • 1
  • Joy D. Osofsky
    • 1
  • Norman Kendall
    • 1
  • Renga Rajan
    • 1
  1. 1.Temple University Health Sciences CenterPhiladelphia

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