Bryan E. Robinson, PhD is an Associate Professor, in the College of Human Development and Learning at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Issues and Problems Related to the Research on Teenage Fathers: A Critical Analysis
Version of Record online: 9 OCT 2009
1982 American School Health Association
Journal of School Health
Volume 52, Issue 10, pages 596–600, December 1982
How to Cite
Robinson, B. E. and Barret, R. L. (1982), Issues and Problems Related to the Research on Teenage Fathers: A Critical Analysis. Journal of School Health, 52: 596–600. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.1982.tb03940.x
- Issue online: 9 OCT 2009
- Version of Record online: 9 OCT 2009
Although there are few research studies on adolescent fatherhood, recently sufficient investigations have occurred to merit a critical analysis. In general, research in this area is marred by certain methodological deficiencies. Research in adolescent pregnancy generally ignores the fathers involved, and data on teenage fathers are often inferred or confounded by the use of biased report techniques. Retrospective and post hoc analyses often render inaccurate conclusions, and sampling methods generate unrepresentative subject pools. This article will demonstrate the ways these issues contaminate knowledge about teenage fathers.