Portland State University. School of Social Work
Jack R. Hegrenes
Date of Award
Master of Social Work (MSW)
1 online resource (46 p.)
Salem Teen Mother's Program, Teenage mothers, Adolescence
There is much information about the incidence of adolescent pregnancy yet little attention has been directed to how this process will interrupt the working towards or completion of the developmental tasks of adolescence. It is our belief that completion of these tasks is crucial in relation to moving into the next stage, adulthood.
Public interest and concern for the contemporary needs of pregnant adolescents and school age parents as a special group is still fairly novel. Survey findings revealed that adolescent parents still have great need for infant day care services, direct financial assistance, housing arrangements, education, and parenting education.
In this study, a service provider to teenage adolescents who are pregnant, Salem Teen Mother's Program, was examined in depth to assess the components of their program which assist with working toward completion of the tasks. Additionally, we looked at two cohorts of girls. Those that accepted and those that rejected the offered services at the Teen Mother's Program and developed a profile on each girl consisting of the following traits: age, marital status, religious preference, employment status, and race; the purpose being, to compare the two groups to see if there are reasons why they accept or reject participation in the program.
Following completion of the profile, we then looked at the elements of the Teen Mother's Program and how they generally address the tasks.
The review of the literature examines why teens get pregnant, statistics on pregnancy, an explanation of how various programs have helped, and the medical risks associated with teenage pregnancy. A description of the Salem Teen Mother's Program is presented.
Epstein, Suzanne and Perkins, Kathleen, "The interruption of the developmental tasks through pregnancy in the female adolescent" (1979). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2781.