AP English III
10 Feb 2015 The Struggles Of Teen Pregnancy
A. 3 in 10 teen girls in the US will get pregnant at least once before age 20
B. Parenthood is the leading reason why teen girls drop out of school; after all, it’s really difficult to juggle homework and a baby. Less than half of teen mothers ever graduate from high school and fewer than 2% earn a college degree by age
C. Children of teen mothers do worse in school than those born to older parents—they are 50% more likely to repeat a grade, are less likely to complete high school than the children of older mothers, and have lower performance on standardized tests.
D. About onefourth of teen moms have a second child within 24 months of the first birth—which can further delay their ability to finish school or keep a job.
E. 8 out of 10 fathers don't marry the mother of their child. It's also true that these absent fathers pay less than $800 annually for child support, often because they are poor themselves and can’t afford legitimate support payments.
F. More than half of all mothers on welfare had their first child as a teenager. In fact, twothirds of families begun by a young, unmarried mother are poor.
G. Children who live apart from their fathers are 5 times more likely to be poor than children with both parents at home
H. The daughters of young teen mothers are 3 times more likely to become teen mothers themselves.
I. The sons of teen mothers are twice as likely to end up in prison.
II. www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/resourcesandpublications/info/parents/justfacts/teenpregnancy.html A. In 2009, 46 percent of high school students reported ever having had sexual intercourse. The teen birth rate in the United States is currently at an alltime
low, but remains much higher than rates in other developed nations.
B. The vast majority (8 in 10) of all pregnancies among adolescents are either unplanned or occurred before the adolescents were ready to be parents.
C. One in six (18%) 15yearold females will give birth by her 20th birthday.
This percentage is higher for black (1 in 4) and Hispanic (1 in 3) adolescents than for white adolescents (1 in 10).
D. Abstinence from sexual intercourse is the most effective way to prevent unplanned pregnancies.
E. In order to avoid unplanned pregnancies, it is essential for adolescents who are sexually active to use effective contraceptives (such as condoms, birth control pills, the patch, the vaginal ring, the IUD, and injectable birth control methods) and to use them every time they have sex.
F. Adolescents who have a baby are less likely to finish high school, are more likely to be poor as adults, and are more likely to rely on public assistance than those who do not have a teen birth.
G. Children of teen parents have poorer cognitive and educational outcomes, such as a lower likelihood of completing high school and lower test scores;
More behavioral problems, including higher levels of fighting, delinquency, and early sexual experience; Poor health outcomes, such as a low birth weight.