Teenage pregnancy is one of the most controversial yet; trending topics in the Unites States. This problematic epidemic has reached an all-time record high recently. In order to fully understand this epidemic, we must first define exactly what it is. According to Wikipedia, teenage pregnancy is pregnancy in a female under the age of 20 (when pregnancy ends). Therefore, the notion is that the age range of teenage pregnancy ranges from 12-19. Recent studies show that the rates of teenage pregnancy in the United States are burgeoning rapidly. This has caused a controversial uproar in society. One of the main reasons for this is because society does not view teens as being mature enough to carry on such a substantial burden of responsibility. In order to fully understand the affect that this has on society, then there must be a first-hand account of this epidemic. For the past three years, I have observed this challenging situation personally. In my previous career, as a teacher, I taught young adolescents (majority female). In those three years, I’ve witnessed more teenage pregnancies than I’ve seen in the past seven years. This is one problem that caught my attention and because of this, I have made an effort to actively conduct a study on teenage pregnancy. In a casing, I want to study the contributing factors, issues, and risk involved in teenage pregnancies around the world. It is important to look at demographics and contributing factors because dynamics vary across the board in diverse countries.
This topic is problematic because sex is starting to be socially approved. The result of this is more teens becoming pregnant. This alone is why the study of teen pregnancy is so significant. Rates of pregnancy and abortion per 1000 females aged 15-19 is becoming a public health issue, and is largely increasing. The intent of this study is to reach people in society understand the contributing factors as well as the problem and in ending, possibly formulate ways to actively advocate a resolution to this growing epidemic. In being resolute in progression, we should start by educating our teenagers’ on the choices of becoming sexually active and how to properly use contraception. Society should be proactive in their education of this issue because they may have a teenager who has experienced teenage pregnancy or they may know someone who has or is experiencing it in their family.
Langille (2007) studied the trends, contributing factors, and the physician’s role in teenage pregnancies. Comparisons of the rates of pregnancy and abortion per 1000 females were presented in a table for Canada, England and Wales, and the United States. He found that compared with babies of older mothers, those born to teenagers are more likely to have lower birth rates, increased infant mortality, an increased risk of hospital admission in early childhood, less supportive home…