Date of Award

5-1-1999

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Sarita Chukwuka, Ph.D

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between child care programs and teen mothers' ability to complete their high school education. The independent variable in this study is the child care program and the dependent variable is the high school completion rate. Data were collected using a yes and no multiple choice questionnaire. A sample population of 30 African American teenage mothers answered questions regarding their age when they got pregnant, why some teen mothers don't return to school after giving birth, their pregnancy, and the difficulties they experienced as they tried to continue their education. All participants had attended an alternative education program in Metropolitan Birmingham between September, 1990 and May, 1991, and are currently 25 years of age. The findings indicate that a high percentage of the participants did stop school due to the lack of child care. Many participants later continued their education by getting their GED or were able to enroll back into school to obtain their diploma.

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