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As of mid-year 2012, there were few books designed as textbooks to be used in college classes on teenage pregnancy. This lack of textbooks and chapters, however, does not mean that this topic is not addressed in academia. Research related to teenage pregnancy (not including demographic studies and comparisons) has been mainly limited to the medical, behavioral, and social sciences. An exception is the textbook Farber 2009. Written for social workers and students in the helping professions, it covers the risk factors and prevention. There are other books that might be used as supplemental reading material: Goldstein 2011 has a medical orientation but it was not written to be a textbook. There are several chapters on teenage pregnancy written in textbooks, for example, Armstrong 2001. Other chapters are included in volumes related to adolescent health. Wells 2006 would be useful as a supplemental text. It presents opposing viewpoints. Other volumes such as Cater and Coleman 2006 explore why teenage girls in Great Britain plan their pregnancies. Another publication, Romer 2003, could stimulate class discussions about the perception of what is an integrated approach to reducing the risk of adolescent pregnancy. Two other books that could be used in a college class are Maynard 1996, a classic that makes the case that teenage pregnancy is a problem that needs to be addressed, and Cocca 2006, which provides a historical background.
The following reference matter covers some of the most important issues related to teenage pregnancy. Foremost, as Patton, et al. 2010 and Hagen, et al. 2012, make the point; teenage pregnancy is a health issue that fundamentally affects the sexual and reproductive health of the girl who is pregnant. Yet, Jewell 2000 and others believe that teenage pregnancy is a social problem. It is also a public health concern and a concern for those specializing in family planning. Prevention is another area that is supported by both professionals and the public. The definition of prevention, however, may be very different. As such, sexual education, the centerpiece of any prevention program, is hotly debated in many countries, particularly in the United States. In part, it is because the question is framed as an effort to prevent teen pregnancy. This is unfortunate. In many cases, the consequences of the prevention efforts often result in increases in sexually transmitted disease, pregnancy, and abortions. Approaching the task of providing sexual education from a justice perspective is different. The reason for providing accurate age-graded sexual information from a justice perspective, as Catania and Dolcini 2012 and Secor-Turnera, et al. 2011 suggest, is that it is an inalienable right of all people, especially adolescents and in particular teenagers, to have accurate information about their sexual and reproductive health. Even so, as Kaye, et al. 2009 and Collins, et al. 2011 explain, this does not exclude the influence of family, parents, or the religious community. Parents and peers are very influential on adolescent sexual behavior. Religion can be significant in delaying sexual initiation but is also associated with a failure to use a condom at first sexual intercourse. 2b1af7f3a8