Common/unity: An innovative program to address 3 root causes of many of the social ills seen in adolescents

Burris Duncan, Gail Harris, Jessica Reedy, Sue Krahe, Regina Gillis, Michele Laguna

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Multiple community agencies coordinated their individual expertise to develop a comprehensive program for a planned community in a 24-apartment complex for single, young (age range, 18-21 years), homeless mothers and their infants and children. Although objective evaluation of the program proved difficult, "community" was established and lives were changed. The program was designed to address multiple issues faced by teenaged mothers but did not directly address critical factors of youths' internal motivation and decision-making processes. Attempting to reverse major impediments in the lives of young mothers with histories of violence, abuse, unstable early home environments, and lack of education while assuming the sole responsibility of raising a child, advancing their education, and maintaining employment is a daunting task, but a task that deserves our urgent attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-288
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2008


  • Adolescents
  • Homelessness
  • Self-esteem
  • Teen pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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