Teen parenting is a term applied to those who conceive during their adolescent years. Some studies define teen parents as those who are between the ages of 13 and 19, or who are not legally considered adults. Teen parenting is seen as a social issue that affects the child as well as the parents. State-funded programs focus on the prevention of adolescent pregnancy, as well as assistance for adolescent parents and their children. As adolescents are developing into adulthood, educational, psychosocial, and environmental factors may influence their ability to parent. In order to compensate for these influences, multigenerational families adapt to take care of the adolescent, as well as the child. In this entry common issues for adolescent mothers, the involvement of adolescent fathers, and ...

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