October 1983

Premature Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenthood

Author Affiliations

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Arizona Health Sciences Center 1501 N Campbell Ave Tucson, AZ 85724


edited by Elizabeth R. McAnarney, $39.50, New York, Grune & Stratton Inc, 1982.

Am J Dis Child. 1983;137(10):1029. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1983.02140360087031

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This volume in the Monographs in Neonatology series is a multiauthored text devoted to an in-depth study of teenage pregnancy. Although pregnancy in this population is receiving less media and public attention than it did two years ago, this book reminds us that our understanding of the phenomenon is incomplete and that we have yet to arrive at an ideal program for the treatment of pregnancy in this age group.

Part 1 is composed of two chapters that detail what is known about birth rates and contraceptive use among adolescents; it then summarizes data from three surveys on sexual behavior completed in the 1970s.

The prevention of adolescent pregnancy is considered from the developmental point of view by Dr Richard Kreipe. He then summarizes and criticizes existing prevention programs in view of the growth and maturation of the adolescent. The second chapter in part 2 attempts to review the contraceptive