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Title Social dynamics of adolescent fertility in Sub-Saharan Africa / Caroline H. Bledsoe and Barney Cohen, editors.
Imprint Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press, 1993.

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Series Population dynamics of Sub-Saharan Africa
Population dynamics of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Subject Teenage pregnancy -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Teenagers -- Africa, Sub-Saharan -- Social conditions.
Teenagers -- Sexual behavior -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Sexual ethics -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Fertility, Human -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Pregnancy in Adolescence.
Adolescent.
Contraception Behavior.
Cross-Cultural Comparison.
Culture.
Education.
Fertility.
Population Characteristics.
Sexuality.
Social Change.
Socioeconomic Factors.
Taboo.
Marriage -- trends.
Reproductive Behavior.
Sexual Behavior.
Age Factors.
Behavior.
Contraception.
Demography.
Developing Countries.
Economics.
Family Planning Services.
Personality.
Population.
Population Dynamics.
Psychology.
Research.
Africa South of the Sahara.
Africa.
Alt Name Bledsoe, Caroline H.
Cohen, Barney, 1959-
Working Group on the Social Dynamics of Adolescent Fertility.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 208 pages) : illustrations, maps
Note "Working Group on the Social Dynamics of Adolescent Fertility, Panel on the Population Dynamics of Sub-Saharan Africa, Committee on Population, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council."
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-208).
Contents Introduction -- Levels and trends in adolescent fertility -- Marriage: new forms, new ambiguities -- Reproductive entitlement: the social context of fortility and parenthood -- Education and adolescent fertility -- Early work, training, and preparation for adulthood -- Consequences of adolescent sexuality and childbearing for mothers and children -- Conclusions -- Appendix: Difficulties in analyzing adolescent fertility.
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English.
Summary Adolescent fertility tends to be valued and sanctioned in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa when parents have had adequate ritual or training preparation for adulthood and the child has a recognized father. Young women and adolescents who conceive and bear children within this context are widely accepted by society; those who conceive outside of marriage, however, are strongly condemned by society. Over the past 2-3 decades, most African countries have successfully raised their levels of education. Girls and women are increasingly privy to formal school education and training in trade apprenticeships, domestic service, and ritual initiation which had otherwise been denied in the past. These factors, combined with declining menarche in a few areas, and changing economic opportunities, law, and religion make it more difficult to define the exact date of entry into marriage. Many girls are taking advantage of these changing circumstances and their opportunities to obtain educations and resist early marriage and cildbearing. While defying the traditional entry into early marriage, many young women do not, however, refrain from engaging in sexual activities. Pregnancies to unwed mothers are thereby on the rise and may constitute the most profound change observed in the social context of adolescent fertility on the continent. Once pregnant, many women find themselves shut out by family planning programs and prenatal clinics which serve only married women. This paper ultimately concludes that the social context of adolescent childbearing has an effect on the outcome for mother and child which is as important as the physiological maturity of the mother.
ISBN 058514348X (electronic bk.)
9780585143484 (electronic bk.)
1280196106
9781280196102
9786610196104
6610196109
0309048974
9780309048972
9780309585538
0309585538
OCLC # 44955679
Additional Format Print version: Social dynamics of adolescent fertility in Sub-Saharan Africa. Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press, 1993 0309048974 (DLC) 93084260 (OCoLC)28714357
Table of Contents
 Executive Summary1
1Introduction5
2Levels and Trends in Adolescent Fertility16
3Marriage: New Forms, New Ambiguities37
4Reproductive Entitlement: The Social Context of Fertility and Parenthood69
5Education and Adolescent Fertility89
6Early Work, Training, and Preparation for Adulthood116
7Consequences of Adolescent Sexuality and Childbearing for Mothers and Children142
8Conclusions168
 Appendix: Difficulties in Analyzing Adolescent Fertility178
 References185



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