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Strategic Narratives of Teen Pregnancy and Motherhood Must Change

Pregnant and parenting young women are simultaneously silenced and overrepresented by raced and classed social narratives on adolescent childbearing. These narratives posit teen pregnancy as an unequivocal social, health, and economic problem, although scholars and policy makers construct alternative narratives that focus on inequalities and propose different perspectives on causes/consequences.

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Strategic Narratives of Teen Pregnancy and Motherhood Must Change

Pregnant and parenting young women are simultaneously silenced and overrepresented by raced and classed social narratives on adolescent childbearing. These narratives posit teen pregnancy as an unequivocal social, health, and economic problem, although scholars and policy makers construct alternative narratives that focus on inequalities and propose different perspectives on causes/consequences.
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Narrative inquiry that analyzes how stories are produced and utilized can enable a more nuanced approach to complex social problems. We need to think broadly about the meanings of early pregnancy and motherhood in terms of how they play out in research and policymaking. We call for a discursive shift in ways of knowing about and doing research and policy surrounding teen childbearing.

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