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Adolescent Motherhood and Development

In the mind of some, any mother, age notwithstanding, is adult, mature, capable, and caring. However, many studies of pregnant adolescent mothers have raised questions about the maternal capability and maturity of these young women (Furstenberg, Brooks-Gunn & Morgan, 1987; Hayes, 1987; Jones, Forrest, Goldman, et al., 1986; Nickel & Delany, 1985; Sarrel & Davis, 1966; Sugar, 1979). This chapter discusses some of the relevant factors.