This study examines the nature of early parenthood and adolescent pregnancy in the inner cities of the United States. Twelve children from the fifth grades of an inner city school and twelve children from the fourth, fifth , and sixth grades of a local, rural school were interviewed to determine their perspective on parenthood. Questions were designed to ascertain whether or not bearing a child is considered to be a rite of passage in the inner city. Rites of passage are one type of ritual symbol that serves to transmit values and norms of a culture to its members. Based upon the children's responses, it can be seen that there is evidence to support this hypothesis. Many children drew the parallel between adulthood and parenthood. Recommendations are made based on the data to aid educators to more effectively encourage delayed parenthood and prevent adolescent pregnancy among those children who do not wish to become pregnant.
Sociology and Anthropology
Jones, Courtney, "Adolescent Pregnancy and Early Parenthood Rites of Passage in the Innter Cities" (1994). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 6258.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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