The Lengthening Shadow: A Case Study in Adolescent, Out‐of‐Wedlock Pregnancy

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The cycle of illegitimacy perpetuates itself readily and is difficult to interrupt. Various reasons for pregnancy among unwed teenagers are presented, and a case study of a 15‐year‐old black woman is discussed and analyzed. The pregnancy studied was complicated by poverty, toxemia, and malnutrition. A team approach evolved, and the failures and successes in the care plan are detailed in the article objectively. Suggestions for enhancing care in similar cases are offered. The basic message of the article is that it is practical to begin with the patient's personal situations and attitudes and then to provide care using the nursing process and the team approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-22
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1976
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics
  • Critical Care
  • Maternity and Midwifery


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