Mentoring as a Bridge to Positive Outcomes for Teen Mothers and Their Children

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This paper compares historical and psychosocial realities of teenage parenting to prevailing contemporary myths. The authors explore the negative consequences of current remedies based on these myths. Community volunteer mentoring programs are suggested as a cost-effective intervention that can benefit communities and promote positive outcomes for at-risk pregnant teenagers. The authors suggest strategies for implementation of a community volunteer mentoring program based on an existing program in an urban community health center. Detailed information for social workers in community agencies is provided with regard to community education, recruitment, training, and ongoing support and supervision of mentors; funding requirements; and program evaluation.

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Waller, M.A., Brown, B. & Whittle, B. Mentoring as a Bridge to Positive Outcomes for Teen Mothers and Their Children. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 16, 467–480 (1999). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1022353422676

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Keywords

  • Health Center
  • Social Worker
  • Community Health
  • Program Evaluation
  • Urban Community