Breaking the Adolescent Parent Cycle: Valuing Fatherhood and by Jack C. Westman

By Jack C. Westman

This ebook addresses the discrepancy among efforts to avoid adolescent being pregnant and aid of adolescent parenthood, that's arguably America's maximum unrecognized public healthiness concern. It proposes a possible criminal technique because the foundation for making sure that youth' infants have powerfuble mom and dad with the assets and environments they want.

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The result is neglect of schools and resources for children, adolescents and their families. 82 It is the greatest barrier to recognizing the true interests of adolescents and their babies. It is expressed through disregard of the developmental need of young persons for competent parents. Its most extreme form is seen in the belief that parents own their children as property. That belief is supported by the presumption that government can intervene only in extreme situations when parents damage their children by neglect or abuse.

A growing gap in family wealth has created two sets of young people—those with educated, affluent parents and those with less educated, poor parents. 2 This chapter outlines the actual status of children and adolescents in the United States where most adults live in homes without children. There are dire consequences for all of us when those of us without children do not see the connection between struggling families and the social problems that affect us all. CONTEMPORARY URBAN AND SUBURBAN LIFE STYLES Before reviewing the data on the well-being of children and adolescents, the overall urban and suburban context of their lives merits consideration.

In recent decades, the education, health, safety and economic status of our children has been insidiously eroded through both eras of economic prosperity and recession. The inescapable fact is that too many children are growing up in the United States under circumstances that prevent them from becoming responsible, productive citizens because they lack the abilities and the opportunities to learn essential social and workrelated skills. A critical number of them swell the ranks of the criminal and the welfare dependent segments of the population.

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