By Maris A. Vinovskis
In study rooms and in residing rooms, in examine associations and on Capitol Hill, teenage being pregnant is without doubt one of the such a lot arguable public problems with our day. but finally the research and executive attempt, what's rather identified concerning the challenge of adolescent being pregnant and the way to house it? and what's the position of the social scientist and historian in a public factor of this type? during this examine, Maris Vinovskis--a well known demographic historian and a player in either Carter's and Reagan's Presidential tasks on teenage pregnancy--sets those questions inside a old framework and discusses a bunch of present concerns and coverage concerns. Vinovskis starts by means of analyzing adolescent sexuality and childbearing in early the USA and comparing no matter if there has actually been an ''epidemic'' of adolescent being pregnant in American background. within the following chapters, he addresses the increase of adolescent being pregnant as a countrywide factor and assesses the government's reaction to it, either in Congress and the Presidency. Bringing his exact skills as a historian and a coverage planner to his learn, Vinovskis bargains readers a provocative new context for knowing a urgent public factor of the Nineteen Eighties.
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An "Epidemic" of Adolescent Pregnancy? S. 18 The Senate Committee on Human Resources, at the urging of Senator Kennedy, disagreed with the Administration's emphasis on prevention in this bill and rewrote it to emphasize almost exclusively the use of the $60 million for helping pregnant teenagers. 19 Furthermore, the committee was persuaded by some of the witnesses who argued that many of the pregnant adolescents really wanted to have children; thus, further investments in family planning programs for adolescents would have little impact.
In fact, Puritans commonly referred to children roughly in the age group fifteen to twenty-one or twenty-four as youths and treated them somewhat differently, depending upon the issue, from older adults (Stannard, 1975; Kaestle and Vinovskis, 1978). Early Americans did differentiate between youths and adults, but that distinction was general and not closely linked to exact chronological age. Colonial Americans did not pay much attention to age, but focused instead on other attributes of individuals.
When the family went to church, or when they went visiting, he went along. In short, from his earliest years he was expected to be—or try to be—a miniature adult. If Demos is correct about childhood in early America, then the notion of adolescents as separate or distinct from adults was simply missing from that society. Yet while Demos is correct in saying that the Puritans did not treat their children the same as we do today, he was incorrect in suggesting that New Englanders did not distinguish between adolescents and adults.
An ’’Epidemic’’ of Adolescent Pregnancy?: Some Historical and Policy Considerations by Maris A. Vinovskis