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Black Teenage Mothersby Constance W. Williams
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Book News Annotation:
The findings of Williams' yearlong study comprise, essentially, an ethnographic account--rich in firsthand accounts of 30 mothers' own stories--of the world and the minds of black mothers who began childbearing when they were 16 years of age or younger.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In this ground-breaking book, Constance Williams reveals why, contrary to the adverse outcomes previously attributed to their lot, many black teenage mothers consider their lives enriched by childbearing. Here is a poignant exploration of themeaning of pregnancy and motherhood to young women who, although impoverished, express hope as freely tell their stories and reveal new truths about their attitudes. Williams discoverss that it is more often socialization not ignorance that leads black teens into motherhood at such a young age. She also reveals why early childbearing for these teens may well be an adaptive and even reasonable response to their social and cultural realities.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -177) and index.
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