Adolescent pregnancy and its consequences continue to be a major social and health concern in our country, with approximately I million young women under the age of 20 becoming pregnant annually. This issue of Pediatric Annals is devoted to this subject, which continues to be both a challenge to our society and a challenge to our health profession.
The status quo cannot be toleratedl Articles providing the pediatric practitioner with the factual up-todate knowledge of occurrence and consequences of these pregnancies and appropriate nutrition of expectant mothers are presented, along with thought-provoking articles on the pediatrician's role in assessing sexuality education and pregnancy prevention. Old programs and new programs are presented and discussed to help the pediatrician become more focused on the problems and to think more knowledgeably about solutions.
HOW TO OBTAIN CME CREDITS BY READING THIS ISSUE
Pediatricians can receive Category I credits for the Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medical Association by reading the following articles and successfully completing the quiz at the end of the issue. Complete instructions are given on the quiz pages.
The Pretest below has been prepared to assist you in studying the following material. It indicates some of the areas to be covered and will make it possible for you to challenge your present knowledge of the material before reading further.
1. The single most important factor in neonatal mortality in the United States is low birth weight.
2. Nonmarital adolescent childbearing has been and continues to be associated with welfare dependence and poverty that will persist for generations.
3. Smoking, drinking, and early sexual activity in the teen years is engaged in primarily by "problem youths."
4. Pregnancy is the number one reason cited by girls for dropping out of school.
Answers to the Pretest: 1.A 2A 3.B 4.A