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Antecedents of Adolescent Parenthood and Consequences at Age 30

Darlene Russ-Eft, Marlene Sprenger and Anne Beever
The Family Coordinator
Vol. 28, No. 2 (Apr., 1979), pp. 173-179
DOI: 10.2307/581672
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/581672
Page Count: 7
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Antecedents of Adolescent Parenthood and Consequences at Age 30
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Abstract

Antecedents and consequences of adolescent parenting were examined using a representative national sample of 1,000 30-year-olds, selected from the 1960 Project TALENT participants. Three- to four-hour interviews were conducted with these 30-year-olds. Ten percent of the men and 31% of the women had a child during adolescence. Higher incidences of adolescent parenting occurred among blacks and low SES and low ability groups. Consequences were observed in terms of various life circumstances and each individual's status on an empirically-derived set of 15 factors defining quality of life. Recommendations include changes in counseling and curriculum policies.

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