Does Motherhood Mean Maturity?
Articles abound on the pregnant adolescent or the one who obtains an abortion, while the adolescent mother has received less consideration. This chapter focuses on whether, in adolescence, motherhood is a sign of maturity or helps in the teenager’s development toward adulthood. Although the focus is on the adolescent, this question may also apply to those in their majority.
KeywordsMaternal Death Pregnant Teenager Adolescent Mother Father Absence Maternal Grandmother
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