Teen-Age Pregnancy in the Texas Borderlands
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