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"...provides a wealth of information about the consequences of adolescent childbearing, including implications for the field of juvenile justice." " —Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Four hundred thousand children under age 18 give birth every year in the United States, reflecting a birth rate twice as high as that in any other advanced country. This is the first book that makes systematic estimates of the economic and social impact of such childbearing on the mothers, the fathers, their children, and society. Among its findings: the sons of these very young mothers are nearly three times as likely to serve a prison sentence as other women's sons. The expenses in welfare, health, and other public benefits amount to $4 billion a year. This informative and readable book by leading experts examines the issue from many perspectives and discusses strengths and weaknesses of specific policies and programs.

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