Pregnancy in Our Youth: What Gives? Throughout the past fifty years, the rate of teenagers and adolescents becoming pregnant has increased dramatically. It was believed during the time of previous generations that if you were to become pregnant, you were not fit to finish school to take care of the child. If it was even attempted to complete their schooling, it was common that girls would drop out anyway due to the shame set upon their peers. Now, in our time, it is not uncommon to see a fourteen or fifteen year old girl who is expecting a child. We have television programs, such as, “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant” show the wonders of babies having babies. So what has changed in the mentalities of our youth over the past few generations? Why are we seeing so many more girls becoming impregnated at, what seems, younger and younger ages? Common reasons we do find our young people becoming pregnant include, but are not limited to, family history and values, peer pressure, and any sort of media. Going back on family history and values is one way to trace the reason for pregnancy in younger people. In colonial America, it was not uncommon for younger girls to be wives and mothers, since they were considered developed enough to handle such responsibilities (Journal 5). On the other hand, times have changed and there is no longer a need to mothers who are still going through schooling. The standard expectations for children is to wait to be finished with school and married before having their own kids. According to The Journal for Vocational Special Needs Education, youth whom are raised in a household that lacks in stability are more likely to reach out to a partner for comfort (5). How frequent, or lack of frequency, the child sees their parents or guardians can affect if they become impregnated. Those who are ignored more so by their parents tend to go in and out of relationships to get feel affection (livestrong.com). Also, it is believed that if the child is not allowed to talk about sex to their parental figures, they are more likely to experiment in it. If a child cannot have an open relationship about coitus with their parents, they are less likely to use protection of any sort due to the possibility of misinformation set by peers or outside sources. Teenage parents are more likely to end up living in poverty (Adolescent Pregnancy). It is also popularly believed that if the child is going to end up with the same or a similar future as their parents, they will only have to achieve that much; even if that means dropping out of school or starting a family in hopes that their child will be better off. Thus leading to a never ending cycle of misinformation in young people. In today’s society, it becomes increasingly harder and harder for the younger people to be responsible while engaging in sexual relationships, which can lead to peer pressure. Every day a college student, high school student, and even a middle school student feel the pressure to have sexual relations. Adolescents feel that if they can fit in with their peers, then they will be accepted and more likely to make friends (livestrong.com). It is hard to know the consequences or severity of the act when you are feeling out of place. Speaking from personal experience, I too almost fell in that downfall. However, I did not feel pressure from my boyfriend once, but rather from my peers. Luckily time and reason showed me that I was not ready for the financial or emotional necessities of potentially having a child. Anyone can be a victim of peer pressure. If an adolescent is ever feeling pressure from anyone to devote themselves into said act without feeling ready, they should immediately seek a counselor for help. Even though many teens think it will help improve their appearance amongst their colleagues, the chance of having a baby and adding to the stress of school is not worth it (livestrong.com). However, there is a “super peer” that adolescents need
How teen pregnancies affect our society?
Miami Dade College
Everyday a teen girl in the U.S. is faced with the hardest decisions she will have to make, and I am not talking about what she will wear to school. This decision will change the course of her whole life all her dreams and aspirations will now be placed on hold. She has just
found out she is pregnant. Teen pregnancy is defined as teenaged or under aged girls from 13-19 years…
excluded from the curriculum in order to remain within certain guidelines. Biology is highly important to the education process. Without it we have taken a first-class seat and witnessed firsthand of the negative effects when it comes to teenage pregnancies and STI rates. For decades, the school system has been instructing adolescence on either Abstinence-Only Programs or sex education with limitations that does not include the biological truths required to effectively and efficiently coach them towards…
23 February 2015
Skipping Prom To Be A Mom: Preventing Teen Pregnancy Through Sex Education
Georgia’s teen pregnancy rate is 47.7% out of 1,000 adolescents, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “In 2012, a total number of 305,388 babies were born to women aged 15-19” (CDC). Though the rate of teens giving birth have decreased, teen pregnancy is still a growing concern in our society so much so that T.V producers created a television series, titled “16 and Pregnant”…
is, at the age of 13 to 18 most teen start to explore the curiosity of the concept of sex education. More usually, teens are becoming sexually active at a younger age. A rampantly increasing of teens who experienced premarital sex and unplanned pregnancies has caught up the attention of government and increases the need for knowledge of sex education promoting into different aspects unto individuals. The following review of literature confirms that curiosity and the lack of knowledge of sex education…
To: Superintendent, Schuyler County School District
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From: Chris Jones
Subject: Teenage Pregnancy in High School
Teen pregnancy is a colossal social problem in today’s society. Statistics prove that thirty-four percent of young women become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20---about 820,000 a year. Eight in ten of these teen pregnancies are unintended and 79 percent are to unmarried teens. ("Help for Troubled Teens") Most teen males reports that they…
European countries, American teens have been proven to have to lowest rate of contraceptive use and therefore increased pregnancy and abortion rates. Unprotected sexual activity leads to sexually transmitted infections, diseases and unplanned pregnancy, often resulting in abortion. All of these things are easily preventable, so why do they still happen? What factors influence teen pregnancy and risk of sexually transmitted infections?
One reason would be pure ignorance. A survey was done on teenagers…
Culture, Health & Sexuality
Vol. 13, No. 2, February 2011, 201–215
Contraceptive medicalisation, fear of infertility and teenage pregnancy
Helen Goncalvesa, Ana D. Souzaa, Patrıcia A. Tavaresa, Suelen H. Cruza and Dominique
Programa de Pos-graduacao em Epidemiologia, Departamento de Medicina Social, Universidade
Federal de Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil; bDepartment of Epidemiology and Population Health, London
School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine…
Protect your baby: Food and Drinks to Avoid During Pregnancy
The futurer of the world is held in thr hands of the youth and yooung. It is important and critical that we make sure our future babies are healthy and taken care of proper eating and drinking during pregnancy.
Examples of food ingest during pregnancy are ones that are rich in calium and nutrients. Comsuming more calcium will result in more likely chance that the bones and teeth of the baby will come out strong and developed properly…
Protecting Our Teens
“In 2011, a total of 329,797 babies were born to women aged 15-19 years” (Martinez). In addition to these teen pregnancies “there are an estimated 40,000 new HIV infections every year” (Rodgers 4) in America “with one-quarter of them occurring in youth under the age of 25.”(4) Based on these numbers it is obvious that teenagers across America are having unprotected sexual intercourse. Although it is not ideal, it is happening. To assist in reducing these numbers, teens…
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Has Sex Education Gone too Far?
A child grows from their surroundings and upbringing. When we allow ourselves to bring negative energy whether mentally or physically, into that child’s life, we allow corruption to develop. It is our duty in life to provide unconditional love to children as well as each other. Positive energy allows us to look at things in a more compassionate, understanding way. However a lesson is not meant to tell right from wrong, but to help one understand…