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…
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…
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…
Teenage pregnancy is one of the leading crises in our country today. Even though, the decision to be sexually active is personal, there are various factors that encourage sexual activity within teenagers. My focus on this week’s assignment is to review a scholarly article and explain how it can contribute to the promotion of adolescent health. Teenage pregnancy is a major problem for all the people involved and many teenagers today are not aware of the responsibility it takes to raise a child. Teenage…
HIV AND YOUTH POLICY As John De Wit claims, the health of young Australians is enveloped by adverse experiences and disproportionate circumstances that require enabling public policies. Conflicting ideological motivations and wider social and political contextual values, has greatly influenced the forms and sorts of public policy initiatives and strategies that have been introduced in Australia. A distressing litany of statistics, looked into later on, demonstrates, a substantial increase in the…
abortion (damage to body)
A. Physical damage
B. Psychological damage
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An abortion is a procedure that is used to end unwanted pregnancies. Abortions happen way too often in the United States. Approximately one- fifth of the 6.4 million pregnancies the happen annually in the United States end in abortion. I am totally against abortion and believe at no cost should you have in your mind that you would even want to get one. One, abortion…
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…
abstain from sex have less peer stress, and more improved emotional and mental health.
Teaching teens about birth control is teaching them to be responsible for their decision to have sex. Also, it shows them that birth control not only prevents pregnancy, but STD’s.
The most common form of birth control, other than abstinence, is condoms. There are many forms of birth control to choose from. There is the patch, the pill, the ring, shot, cervical cap, diaphragm, emergency birth control, and the…
The Media Desensitizes People
Our media (television, newspapers, magazines, internet) has the power to widely reach people and influence many of them in some type of way. The media is also a means of communication and acts as a medium between people and actual events. With technology growing so rapidly and being so accessible to so many, it's no surprise that the youth is all over the internet. These youth can connect with people all over and find out events going on around the world. With this…
teen pregnancy has one of the highest birth rates ever
Did you know that nearly 3 in 10 teen girls in the US will get pregnant at least once before age 20? That's more than 700,000 teen pregnancies each year. Yikes.
So what does this mean for you? Well, you hear about teen pregnancy in movies, in the news, at school, on MTV, and from your parents. You know it's not a good idea to have a baby before you're…