Adolescent mothers and educational achievement : the factors associated with teenage pregnancy and the effect of pregnancy
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Despite a large body of research on teenage pregnancy and its effects on education outcomes, little is known about the differences between teenagers who become adolescent mothers and those who do not. This paper identifies factors that contribute to truncated education. Do individual characteristics play a greater role than family or neighborhood characteristics? In this study I analyze two cohorts, pregnant and non-pregnant female adolescents, using an OLS model. I include additional independent variables and run a Chow test to test for differences in the regression function between the two cohorts. An analysis of the data shows that individual characteristics and views on sex play a significant role in guarding against truncated education; these results diverge from previous research. Results indicate that policy makers need to shift resources away from programs that do not directly address birth control usage and instead focus on programs that address individual characteristics, access to birth control, and views and beliefs surrounding sex.
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