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NCJ Number: 251652 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescent Motherhood: Implications for the Juvenile Justice System
Author(s): Rebecca A. Maynard; Eileen M. Garry
Corporate Author: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: January 1997
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF|Text
Type: Factsheet; Instructional Material; Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document (Online); Factsheet
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This Fact Sheet provided by the U.S Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) summarizes the main findings of a recently released report on the consequences of adolescent childbearing, including implications for the juvenile justice system.
Abstract: The study’s report is entitled, “Kids Having Kids: A Robin Hood Foundation Special Report on the Costs of Adolescent Childbearing.“ This report synthesizes the findings from eight separate studies of the consequences and costs of adolescent motherhood. The report attributes the following “alarming” social trends to adolescent childbearing: 1) high and rising child poverty rates; 2) the number of welfare recipients and associated costs of public assistance; and 3) an associated higher proportion of never-married women, younger recipients, and long average durations of welfare dependency. Two of the studies included in the featured report have a direct bearing on the juvenile justice field. Among the findings of these studies are that the sons of adolescent mothers are 2.7 times more likely to be incarcerated than the sons of mothers who delay childbearing until their early 20’s, and delays in childbearing beyond age 21 would lead to even larger reductions in incarceration rates of young men. The study makes clear, however, that a significant portion of the high incarceration rates and related prison costs related to adolescent childbearing are directly attributed to the adverse effects of adolescent childbearing. Taken together, the findings documented in the report indicate the need for juvenile justice agencies to develop programs designed to reduce teen pregnancies as an important component of strategies to prevent serious, violent, and habitual juvenile offending.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Adolescent parents; Adolescent pregnancy; Children at risk; Crime Causes; Juvenile Delinquency prevention planning; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Juvenile Delinquency prevention theory; Juvenile delinquency theory; Juvenile Risk Factors; OJJDP Resources
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