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Univ. of South Carolina university of Social paintings, Columbia. textual content presents instructions for constructing youngster being pregnant prevention courses and sensible purposes for potent social paintings intervention. additionally addresses such teenager difficulties as alcohol, drug use, early intercourse and being pregnant, and the wishes of youngsters of young people. For social employees.

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In other research, sexually active male adolescents reported having intercourse an average of three times in the last month (Zabin & Hayward, 1993). Many teenagers are regularly abstinent for periods of time. Over one quarter of 9th-12th grade students who have initiated sex say they are currently abstinent. In one study, 44% of first-time users of familyplanning services at a clinic reported being abstinent for 4-month intervals (Zabin & Hayward, 1993). Other research found that 20% of sexually active young women had not had intercourse in the last 3 months (Zabin & Hayward, 1993).

Such irregular contraceptive use is evident in the fact that despite high rates of reported use, an estimated 78% of pregnancies are characterized by adolescents as being unplanned (The Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1999). There are differences by race in contraceptive use among sexually active young people. Hispanic and black teenagers who use only the pill use it less consistently than other teenagers (National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 1999). Black teenagers are less likely than other teenagers to use birth control the first time they have sexual intercourse.

311) Nevertheless, through the 1930s, while illegitimate pregnancy frequently was thought to be the result of poor or inadequate social conditions or of feeblemindedness or other mental incapacity, social work writers often exhorted their colleagues to withhold approbation. Joanna Colcord asserted that, "In approaching unmarried maternity as social phenomenon, we want to get rid of the idea that unmarried mothers as a class differ especially from other girls of their age and status" (Joanna Colcord, 1923, p.

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