Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
American Juvenile Justice$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Franklin E. Zimring

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181166

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181166.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 17 November 2019

The Jurisprudence of Teen Pregnancy

The Jurisprudence of Teen Pregnancy

Chapter:
(p.125) Nine The Jurisprudence of Teen Pregnancy
Source:
American Juvenile Justice
Author(s):

Franklin E. Zimring

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181166.003.0049

This chapter attempts to use some of the same perspectives on adolescence that inform modern theories of juvenile justice to evaluate policies toward teen pregnancy. The concerns that provoke special policy toward teen pregnancy were an important part of the first two-thirds of the twentieth century, when girls at risk were frequently classified as “status offenders.” The problems associated with severe punishment for status offenders led to a tactical withdrawal of delinquency classifications and institutional placement for girls at their sexual risk. But teen pregnancy remains a policy problem of concern. The chapter first discusses the reason why teen pregnancy might be regarded as a special problem. It then examines a range of potential public policies that have been proposed to prevent or respond to teen child bearing. A final section emphasizes the hazards of punishment as a tool to discourage teen childbearing.

Keywords:   adolescence, juvenile justice, teen pregnancy, public policy, punishment, prevention

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .