Girls, Their Children and Delinquency

Jana Bufkin, Drury College
Vickie Luttrell, Drury University

This work reviews teenage pregnancy and its real and perceived relationship to delinquent behavior. An analysis of previous studies examining this relationship is provided in order to assess the merit of established claims that teenage pregnancy plays a role in youthful offending. A series of questions will be addressed, such as: Are teens who get pregnant more delinquent that those who do not? Are the children with teenage mothers more delinquent than those born to older females?: The study will place the findings in the context of a gendered society which maintains a sexual double standard for females and males.

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