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 help of adolescent parenthood, that is arguably America's maximum unrecognized public overall healthiness problem. It proposes a possible criminal method because the foundation for making sure that kids' infants have powerfuble mom and dad with the assets and environments they want.

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When a 10-yearold was searched for a knife after he threatened to stab another student, school officials found cocaine. 69 Arrests involving opium or cocaine decreased 28% during this period. Seventy percent of juvenile arrests were for marijuana. 70 One quarter smoked tobacco, 23% drank alcohol, 6% used marijuana, and 1% used barbiturates prenatally. Over the Counter and Prescription Drug Abuse Adolescents are showing a trend toward using prescription drugs obtained from parents and from friends.

We cannot expect our children to prosper when our society does not model, and actually undermines, the development of character. The good life is portrayed as gaining power, pleasure and possessions by any means. There is little emphasis on the strength of character needed to control our impulses, to tolerate frustration and to postpone gratification—essential qualities for life in a civilized society. Our children are not born with these qualities. They learn them from adults who model them. They learn them most indelibly from parents supported by a social environment that sets limits on behavior.

John Stuart Mill, 18591 Statistical trends play a vital role in attracting public attention to social problems. When they rise, we become concerned. When they go down, as is the case with adolescent pregnancy and childbirth, we move on to another problem that is rising. In so doing, social problems seldom are effectively addressed. A more realistic approach is to attend to all of our social problems, especially those that affect family relationships, and use rates to assess progress. 2 The pregnancy termination rate decreased 38% from 35 to 22/1,000.

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