Teen motherhood in cross-cultural perspective.

  title={Teen motherhood in cross-cultural perspective.},
  author={Karen L Kramer and Jane B. Lancaster},
  journal={Annals of human biology},
  volume={37 5},
Teen motherhood is the prevalent childbearing pattern in most traditional populations. Yet early motherhood is associated with negative biological and social outcomes in the developed world. We review the teen pregnancy literature in light of this discrepancy, emphasizing two core debates. The first debate centers on whether teens have poor pregnancy outcomes compared to older women, and whether negative outcomes are biologically based. Second, we consider the debate over the confounding… CONTINUE READING