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Teenage Pregnancy: Read All About It! A Longitudinal Analysis of the New York Times' Narratives

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On March 4, 1958 a headline in the New York Times read, “Judge Suggests Jail For Unwed Mothers.” Headlining themes regarding the pregnant and parenting adolescent in American media range from economic concerns, moral panic, racial observations, public health ramifications, and political agendas.
Children born to teenage mothers peaked in 1957 and steadily and sharply declined after the mass introduction of contraceptives in the 1960s. Yet public concern has not followed suit. American ideas of adolescence, sexuality, gender and family have transformed over the last 60 years. This study analyzes how the narratives of teenage pregnancy and parenting transformed from 1950 to 2013 through the New York Times.
Narrative texts are full of sociological information and are a significant source of empirical evidence (Franzosi 1998). Narratives are ever-present in news articles and the media, allowing these narratives and rhetoric to be read and seen by large audiences.
The data for this study come from articles and advertisements found in the New York Times through the NYT Historical Newspaper and LexisNexis databases from 1950 to 2013. We used several time-specific search terms to collect our sample. For example, “unwed mother” was more commonly used in the 1950s, whereas “teen mother” is more commonly used today.
This study integrates the literature of media, feminist sociology and longitudinal narrative analysis to contribute an interdisciplinary, critical examination of the relationship between mass media and one of America’s biggest social concerns, the pregnant and parenting adolescent.
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Myers, Kyl. and Prudencio, Liana. "Teenage Pregnancy: Read All About It! A Longitudinal Analysis of the New York Times' Narratives" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p707146_index.html>

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Myers, K. and Prudencio, L. , 2014-03-27 "Teenage Pregnancy: Read All About It! A Longitudinal Analysis of the New York Times' Narratives" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p707146_index.html

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Abstract: On March 4, 1958 a headline in the New York Times read, “Judge Suggests Jail For Unwed Mothers.” Headlining themes regarding the pregnant and parenting adolescent in American media range from economic concerns, moral panic, racial observations, public health ramifications, and political agendas.
Children born to teenage mothers peaked in 1957 and steadily and sharply declined after the mass introduction of contraceptives in the 1960s. Yet public concern has not followed suit. American ideas of adolescence, sexuality, gender and family have transformed over the last 60 years. This study analyzes how the narratives of teenage pregnancy and parenting transformed from 1950 to 2013 through the New York Times.
Narrative texts are full of sociological information and are a significant source of empirical evidence (Franzosi 1998). Narratives are ever-present in news articles and the media, allowing these narratives and rhetoric to be read and seen by large audiences.
The data for this study come from articles and advertisements found in the New York Times through the NYT Historical Newspaper and LexisNexis databases from 1950 to 2013. We used several time-specific search terms to collect our sample. For example, “unwed mother” was more commonly used in the 1950s, whereas “teen mother” is more commonly used today.
This study integrates the literature of media, feminist sociology and longitudinal narrative analysis to contribute an interdisciplinary, critical examination of the relationship between mass media and one of America’s biggest social concerns, the pregnant and parenting adolescent.


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