Abstract - When Teenage Girls Have Children: Trends and Consequences - Horizons, vol. 10, no.1

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Title: When teenage girls have children: Trends and consequences - Horizons, vol. 10, no.1

Date: 2008

Author(s): Eric Guimond, Norbert Robitaille

Abstract: According to international demographic statistics collected by the United Nations, First Nations teenage girls in Canada have a fertility level comparable to that of teenage girls in least developed countries such as Nepal, Ethiopia and Somalia. Generally speaking, early motherhood increases the vulnerability of a young First Nation woman. Debating the issue of early motherhood without taking into consideration the living conditions of First Nations families and communities is overly simplistic. Regardless of the way in which early motherhood is judged or justified, the negative consequences for children in many families in First Nations communities are irrefutable.

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