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Pass? or Prepared? on Young Mothers

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Latest update: March 31, 2000
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Go to Parents' Child Care Preferences: Patterns among Welfare Mothers. Find this paragraph of interpretation under the heading: Characteristics of Care Predicting Mother's Satisfaction with Arrangement, a little more than halfway down the file.

"Mothers with children between the ages of 3 and 5 are significantly more satisfied with their child care when they think that their child feels happy about the arrangement and has an opportunity to learn new things. They are also more satisfied with their care when they think the caregiver has less experience caring for children, These dimensions of care are not significant independent predictors of mothers' satisfaction with care for children under 3. While the first two findings appear consistent with the developmental growth of children, the finding about the negative effect of a caregiver's experience seems counterintuitive. Perhaps caregiver's experience is masking the effect of an unmeasured variable like enthusiasm, but'we can only speculate why this unusual pattern emerges."

Read also this quote from the California Wellness Foundation's Program on Teenage Pregancy Prevention:

Although adolescents must be responsible for their own behavior, they are largely powerless to control their own environment including education, economic and family circumstances, and availability of health services. Adults continue to create and contribute to the specific circumstances that allow teen pregnancy to flourish by failing to resolve their own ambivalence about sexuality. This adult ambivalence, in turn, transmits confusing messages about healthy sexuality resulting in a failure to provide teens comprehensive sexuality education and easy, affordable access to reproductive health care.

Existing data confirm the extent and intransigence of the teen pregnancy problem in California and the complex range of issues that must be addressed if we expect to make a difference. California children grow up surrounded by mixed messages. Sexuality is expressed through adult-driven commercialism, politics and pathology rather than as normal and positive aspects of human development.

Now answer the questions below based on these readings. Click on any of the question numbers for a set of plausible answers to these questions.

1. What kind of stereotypical image do we have of the young girl who experiences a teenage pregnancy?

2. Do you think that most people would entertain a stereotypical image of the incarcerated mother as non-caring?

3. What was the welfare mothers' primary concern in evaluating child care?

4. Is this primary concern consistent with the view of the incarcerated person as "bad"?

5. Can you offer a theoretical explanation for our willingness to hold on to our stereotypical beliefs in spite of such evidence as studies like this one offer?

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Figurine by Rudiger Appel. Notice that you can see three effects in the animation. Either the Variation on the Kandinsky figurine appears to turn in a clockwise direction, or in a counterclockwise direction, or it appears to open and close. Can you see all three effects? Try. Fascinated? Link to Appel's site and then link to the background he provides. Scroll down until you find a link to background.

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