Care of Adolescent Parents and Their Children

Journal Article

Teen pregnancy and parenting remain important public health issues in the United States and around the world. A significant proportion of teen parents reside with their families of origin, which may positively or negatively affect the family structure. Teen parents, defined as those 15 to 19 years of age, are at high risk for repeat births. Pediatricians can play an important role in the care of adolescent parents and their children. This clinical report updates a previous report on the care of adolescent parents and their children and addresses clinical management specific to this population, including updates on breastfeeding, prenatal management, and adjustments to parenthood. Challenges unique to teen parents and their children are reviewed, along with suggestions for the pediatrician on models for intervention and care.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Powers, ME; Takagishi, J; Alderman, EM; Chung, RJ; Grubb, LK; Lee, J; Upadhya, KK; Wallace, SB; Alderman, SL; Sells, JM; Glusman, M; Guevara, JP; Hashikawa, AN; Miller-Fitzwater, A; Navsaria, D; Nelson, BB; Shriver, AE; Vanderbilt, DL

Published Date

  • May 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 147 / 5

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-4275

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-4005

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1542/peds.2021-050919


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