© 2014

International Handbook of Adolescent Pregnancy

Medical, Psychosocial, and Public Health Responses

  • Andrew L. Cherry
  • Mary E. Dillon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Mary E. Dillon, Andrew L. Cherry
    Pages 1-38
  3. Valentina Baltag, Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli
    Pages 55-78
  4. Mary E. Dillon
    Pages 79-102
  5. Catriona Macleod
    Pages 129-145
  6. María Fabiana Reina, Camil Castelo-Branco
    Pages 171-189
  7. Lucy N. Lewis, S. Rachel Skinner
    Pages 191-203
  8. Jorge Delva, Pilar S. Horner, Ninive Sanchez
    Pages 225-240
  9. Susy Villegas
    Pages 257-279
  10. Douglas Rugh
    Pages 281-291
  11. Mireille Le Guen, Nathalie Bajos
    Pages 293-313
  12. Martin Pinquart, Jens P. Pfeiffer
    Pages 315-339
  13. Vijayan K. Pillai, Rashmi Gupta
    Pages 341-357

About this book


The rates are on the decline worldwide. But adolescent pregnancies still occur, placing millions of girls each year at risk for medical complications and social isolation, and their babies for severe health problems--especially when prenatal care is inadequate or nonexistent.


But as the opportunity for young women and girls increases around the world, adolescent pregnancy will continue to decline. Featuring reports from countries across the developed and developing worlds, the  International Handbook of Adolescent Pregnancy analyzes the scope of the problem and the diversity of social and professional responses. Its biological/ecological perspective identifies factors influencing childhood pregnancy, as well as outcomes, challenges, and needs of very young mothers as they differ across nations and regions. Salient comparisons are made as cultural contexts and community support vary widely, and attention is paid to issues such as child marriage, LGBT concerns, and the impact of religion and politics on health care, particularly access to contraception, abortion, and other services. This global coverage heightens the understanding of readers involved in care, education, and prevention programs, and otherwise concerned with the psychosocial development, reproductive health, and general well-being of girls. Included in the Handbook:


  • Biological influences of adolescent pregnancy.
  • Adolescent maternal health and childbearing.
  • Adolescent pregnancy and mental health.
  • International perspectives on adolescent fathers.
  • Adolescent pregnancy as a feminist issue.
  • Adolescent pregnancy as a social problem.
  • Plus viewpoints from more than thirty countries.


As a unique source of up-to-date findings and clear-headed analysis, the International Handbook of Adolescent Pregnancy is a go-to reference for practitioners and researchers in maternal and child health, pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and global health.


Developing Countries Global Health Maternal and Child Health Reproductive Health Sexual Behavior Teen pregnancy

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrew L. Cherry
    • 1
  • Mary E. Dillon
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OklahomaTulsaUSA
  2. 2.University of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA

About the editors

Dr. Andrew L. Cherry, Jr., DSW, ACSW is the Medicaid Endowed Professor in Mental Health at the University of Oklahoma, School of Social Work. He has worked in the helping professions since receiving his BS degree from Troy State University, Troy, Alabama, in 1969. While working as a child welfare worker in Alabama he became interested in the growing phenomena of teenage pregnancy. He received his Masters of Social Work from the University of Alabama in 1974 and worked as a psychiatric social worker at Bryce Hospital, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He received his doctorate from the Columbia University School of Social Work in 1986. Over his academic career, he has published numerous professional articles and books and presented papers at numerous professional conferences where he explored international issues such as adolescent pregnancy from a mental health perspective. This is his second edited book on international adolescent pregnancy. The first book was published in 2001. Dr. Cherry and Dr. Dillon collaborated on both books.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title International Handbook of Adolescent Pregnancy
  • Book Subtitle Medical, Psychosocial, and Public Health Responses
  • Editors Andrew L. Cherry
    Mary E. Dillon
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4899-8025-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4899-7975-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4899-8026-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 712
  • Number of Illustrations 59 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Maternal and Child Health
    Social Work
    Child and School Psychology
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