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Reframing Teen Pregnancy

At the same time, we may not realize that researchers have long questioned the statistics that suggest that teenage pregnancy is the cause of societal ills, frequently pointing out that the so-called consequences of teenage pregnancy are actually the consequences of living in poverty.

In addition, we may fail to see that negative depictions of teenage pregnancy often stigmatize pregnant and mothering young women.

As a rhetorician and woman who had her first child at the age of 17, I study the power of images and words to shape what we know and do about teenage pregnancy and how this affects young mothers. Because of the nature of my research, I was invited to be a funded scholar with the Crossroads Collaboration, a research project funded through the Ford Foundation.

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