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By Frank F. Furstenberg Jr, J. Brooks-Gunn, S. Philip Morgan

This landmark learn strains the lifestyles histories of roughly three hundred teenage moms and their teenagers over a seventeen-year interval. From interview facts and case experiences, it presents a shiny account of the influence of early childbearing on younger moms and their young children. a few outstanding and stunning effects emerge from this targeted learn of the longer term variation to early parenthood. It additionally bargains new insights into the unexplored connections among moms' careers and the improvement in their kids. Adolescent moms in Later existence could be a useful source for all these drawn to teenage being pregnant.

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Throughout this chapter, the Baltimore women are compared to their counterparts in the national studies who waited until their twenties or early thirties to have their first child. The life-history calendar Following other researchers who have studied the life course, we devised a calendar for simplifying the task of collecting detailed biographical information. , 1986). So, for example, women in our study found it less difficult to remember when they had moved in or out of their parents' household if they were asked about concurrent marriage, schooling, and employment experiences.

Further evidence of the representativeness of the Baltimore women will be presented in the next chapter, when we contrast participants in this study to women in several national surveys. Even though this sample may be reasonably typical of black school-age mothers, it includes only teenagers who had their first birth between 1965 and 1967. The situation for teenage mothers today may be very different from what it was two decades ago when the study began. In the first place, most women in this study did not have an adequate opportunity to terminate their pregnancy by abortion.

The life-history calendar Following other researchers who have studied the life course, we devised a calendar for simplifying the task of collecting detailed biographical information. , 1986). So, for example, women in our study found it less difficult to remember when they had moved in or out of their parents' household if they were asked about concurrent marriage, schooling, and employment experiences. An additional benefit of this technique for interviewers was the possibility of cross-checking responses that seemed logically inconsistent or implausible as respondents filled out the calendars.

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