Nora A. Fox

Date of Defense




First Advisor

Elizabeth Amidon, English

Second Advisor

Bryce Dickey, Family and Consumer Sciences

Third Advisor

Carol Crumbaugh, Teaching, Learning & Educational Studies


Girls who become pregnant in their teenage years must deal with the personal, social, economic and medical issues of pregnancy while trying to finish high school. The state of Michigan has a higher teenage pregnancy rate than half of the other states in the U.S. Each year 26,270 teenagers become pregnant in Michigan. Of these teenagers 54% choose to give birth and continue their lives as mothers and 32% choose to have an abortion. The author looked closely at the populations in Hillsdale and Kalamazoo counties to compare the numbers of teens that became pregnant, their access to resources such as birth control, counseling, and abortion services, and the schooling of pregnant teens in these counties.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only