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Books, Journals, New Media
July 7, 2004

Teen Mothers

JAMA. 2004;292(1):108. doi:10.1001/jama.292.1.108-a

In Growing Up Fast, Joanna Lipper profiles six teenaged mothers living in Pittsfield, Mass, at the turn of the 21st century. Lipper met the young women while filming a documentary about Pittsfield's Teen Parent Program. The book weaves a fascinating story of young women in a small, economically depressed New England town that contends with family and relationship violence, child abuse, school failure, and substance abuse. Despite this backdrop, Lipper accentuates the strengths and resiliency of these remarkable young women. The book is uplifting and leaves the reader with the sense that most will succeed in life.