Date of Award

5-1-1987

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Professor Naomi Ward

Second Advisor

Dr. Mamie Darlington

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determinne if there was a relationship between Black adolescent unwed pregnancy and self esteem as well as if there was a relationship between Black adolescent unwed pregnancy and the adolescent's father's presence in the household. This study also reviews adolescent sexual behavior longitudinally from 1915 through the present. Research in the area of self esteem among unwed mothers and unwed adolescents mothers in general is examined. However/ this study concentrates on Black adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 specifically. Further reviewing concentrates on studies in regard to father presence in the households of adolescents in general and Black adolescents in particular.

The major findings of this study are that: there is a relationship between Black adolescent unwed pregnancy and self esteem and the presence of the adolescent's father in the household. The population studied was from a lower socioeconomic background and the subjects were receiving supportive services.

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