Following the success of its best-selling predecessors, the Fourth Edition of Harriette Pipes McAdoo's Black Families retains several now classic contributions while including updated versions of earlier chapters and many entirely new chapters. The goal through each revision of this core text has been to compile a book that focuses on positive dimensions of African American families. The book remains the most complete assessment of black families available in both depth and breadth of coverage. Cross-disciplinary in nature, the book boasts contributions from such fields as family studies, anthropology, education, psychology, social work, and public policy.
Chapter 21: Practices and Attitudes Toward Contraception in the Black Community
Practices and Attitudes Toward Contraception in the Black Community
Social scientists have shown an intense interest in the forms of families in the African American community. The focus has been on families as a source of social problems, such as single parenting, unwed mothers, and teenage pregnancies. Yet some social scientists are taking a more positive and productive view, especially of the adolescent years when young persons are more sexually active than in the past for a variety of reasons: sexual innuendos that permeate the culture, working parents with less time for supervision, earlier age of physical maturation, and so on. Adolescent sexuality can be regarded as a health issue in which case information is useful ...