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Teen-Age Pregnancy in the Texas Borderlands

Ellwyn R. Stoddard


Nowhere in our nation are teenage pregnancy problems more acute than in the borderlands region of Texas with its chronically high ratio of school-age mothers. Fragmentary data show the enormity of the region's problems but no comprehensive state strategies nor funding priorities are forthcoming to deal with this crisis.

This essay presents a descriptive overview of teen pregnancy in Texas and its borderlands. Then, by reconceptualizing teen pregnancy as a dynamic process rather than an event, preventive, interdictive and ameliorative solutions are examined within an overall strategy designed to help borderlands teens. To illustrate the combined effectiveness of a comprehensive approach, two current border programs (one preventive, the other ameliorative) will be examined showing how both make a positive impact on teen pregnancy problems in one border city, El Paso, Texas.

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Print ISSN: 0886-5655
Online ISSN: 2159-1229