The Psychology of Adolescent Out-of Wedlock Pregnancy and Childbearing
Date of Award
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Adolescents; Out-of-wedlock teen pregnancy
Illegitimate adolescent pregnancy creates a variety of problems, beginning with the difficult decision about whether or not to terminate the pregnancy. If the pregnancy is carried to term, choices follow regarding marriage or single parenthood and keeping or relinquishing the child. All of these choices involve consequences for the adolescent, many of them negative ones. This paper examines the problem of out-of-wedlock teen pregnancy and its possible psychological sources. It also introduces a method for analyzing the psychology of unwed teen pregnancy and childbearing and reviews the literature on the subject by this method. NOTE: Approvals page submitted to digital archive lacks signatures
Talmage-Bowers, Marilyn, "The Psychology of Adolescent Out-of Wedlock Pregnancy and Childbearing" (2012). Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 183.