Youth may be particularly attuned to social evaluation during the teen years with implications for physical and mental health. Negative attitudes and stereotypes constitute an important type of social evaluative threat. Pregnant and parenting teens not only encounter challenges associated with their early transition to parenthood, but also are confronted with unfavourable attitudes of others. A university sample of men and women responded to surveys targeting their feelings and beliefs about pregnant teens, teen mothers and teen fathers.
Already a member? Sign in. Adolescent mothers , Discrimination , Stereotypes , Stigma. Abstract: Teen mothers are stigmatized by stereotypes that they are unmotivated, irresponsible, and incompetent parents. In spite of the pervasiveness of these stereotypes, stigma is rarely described as a contributing factor to teen mothers' difficulties and their health and social disparities.
Julia Bodeeb started online writing in She also worked on staff in medical publishing for more than a decade as a reporter, managing editor and in book acquisitions. Bodeeb has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Monmouth University and postgraduate credits in psychology and law. Teenagers face issues that require them to make costly decisions each and every day.
As hot button issues go, teen pregnancy probably ranks low on the U. Young women who become pregnant and give birth as teenagers often have to endure the trials of sudden parental duty on their own, with little or no help, and generally the world around them shrugs and moves on. Are the programs still serving an educational purpose, or is there now an element of exploitation involved?