Teen Pregnancy Did you know that 3 in 10 teen girls in the US will get pregnant at least once before age 20? That's about 745,000 teen pregnancies each year. Yikes. Teen pregnancy rates are a huge issue in the United States and needs to be put under control. There are many theories to why this has become such an issue with young teens but only a teen would truly know. The past few years teen pregnancy has not only been glamourized but it has also been a way for young girls to “make it big” on different television shows. Therefore young girls look at it as a “great opportunity.” Young ladies should be trying to get on television for great achievements such as high test scores or making the winning shot at the basketball game not because they are 16 and pregnant. Society has changed the way some teens look at life. A lot of teens don’t feel completely comfortable with talking to their parents/guardians about the precautions when being sexually active. They think their parent will not understand and will only assume and judge. “I’m young so it’s a little weird talking to my parents about sex,” says local teen mom, Brenda. Brenda says she plans on being very open with her daughter once she gets to the appropriate age. She also plans to inform her daughter about the risks of being sexually active without protection. It is proven that there will be higher chances of your child becoming a teen parent if you were one. A lot of the time it has to do with teens not having the ideal great relationship with their parents. I asked one of my friends who is also a teen mom if her parents ever talked to her about the precautions of having sex. She told me her parents weren’t even informed she was sexually active at the time. Trust and communication has a lot to do with it as well. But no teen wants to be embarrassed and when talking to their parents about topics such as sex, drugs, etc. things get to be embarrassing to some sensitive teens. Statistics show that when a parent and their child have an open relationship there are less chances of the child “rebelling.” A lot of the time the young teen thinks she is not only in love but also thinks that a baby will keep her and her boyfriend together forever but that’s not always the case. You may think having a baby will make your relationship even stronger, but the fact is 8 out of 10 fathers don't marry the mother of their child. Those numbers are crazy! I think a lot of it has to do with young teen boys’ maturity level. Only few young fathers will actually step up and truly take responsibility for their actions. Most teens go through that insecure phase at least once in their lifetime. Different teens have different ways of handling it. In some cases teens think that bringing a new life into the world will cure it all. A lot of teen girls feel alone, lost, and unloved. They want to give their baby something they never had. They want to be loved by that baby and when no one else is there to love them their baby will always be. They don’t understand the reality of it all though. Teens don’t realize all the hard work, dedication, and cost that come with being a teen parent. A pack of diapers costs $10+ compared to a pack of condoms for over half that price. There are doctor bills, formula, clothing, shelter, and tons more you will need for your child. Most teens barely can afford to support themselves. Every teen pregnancy costs about 9 billion dollars each year in the U.S. Working on a minimum wage will not support all those costs. To have a higher paying job means having a good education. Teen pregnancy affects education - only a third of teen mothers earn their high school diploma. And only 1.5% has a…
There are many causes that put teenagers at risk for pregnancy at an early age. Some of these causes are; social economic class, certain ethnic groups, teens born to teen mothers, single mother homes. As a society we know who is at risk, now we have to do a little education to these groups to decrease the teen pregnancy rates.
The teen mother and the baby are at high risk for complication during pregnancy. The mother can be pre-disposed to pregnancy induced hypertension, low birth weight, preterm labor…
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…
The Pregnancy Teen Scene
American InterContinental University
The Pregnancy Teen Scene
Teen Pregnancy is at an all-time high. Girls between the ages of 9 and 19 have been getting pregnant at exceptionally high rates. We as parents and educators need to figure out a better way to teach our children about sex, the prevention of pregnancy and self-control. We really need to find out why is Teen pregnancy is happening everywhere, even when preventive avenues are there.
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Teen Pregnancy/Annotated Bibliography
August 4, 2014
King, D. (1998, 12). Statistics: Teenage pregnancy. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 13, 16. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/212792353?accountid=458
The journal above was touches on the statistics regarding teen pregnancy. Although there has been a decline in teen pregnancy it still poses a problem, more than one million teenagers in the…
percent of these births occurred outside of marriage. The 2012 teen birth rate indicates a decline of six percent from 2011 when the birth rate was 31.3 per 1,000.The teen birth rate has declined almost continuously over the past 20 years. In 1991, the U.S. teen birth rate was 61.8 births for every 1,000 adolescent females, compared with 29.4 births for every 1,000 adolescent females in 2012 (see Figure 1). Still, the U.S. teen birth rate is higher than that of many other developed countries…
Teenage Pregnancy, Why is this Important
Kimberly O. Johnson
American Sentinel University
Nursing 505: Theoretical Foundations
Dr. Ami Bhatt
Teenage Pregnancy: Why is this Important
Teen pregnancy is a critical public health issue that affects the health and educational, social and economic future of the mother and child. Teen pregnancy is also a significant factor in numerous other important social issues: welfare dependency, out-of-wedlock births…
Guest celebrity: Jamie Lynn Spears
Jamie Lynn Spears was very well known for her popular show Zoey 101. She was also known as the little baby sister of the popular celebrity Britney Spears.
Now just like older sister Britney; Jamie got pregnant without even being married. Most people where ashamed and shock because of this news. They thought that Jamie was the smarter one of the Spears. But she proved them wrong. Younger sister Lynn got pregnant at the…
Teen Pregnancy. (2009). Encyclopedia of Gender & Society. Retrieved from
This encyclopedia article goes into detail about teen pregnancy. They review the history, health, consequences, and welfare policy. Teenage pregnancy has come into fact within the U.S. before 1950. Of course the number of teen pregnancy has decreased since then. Pregnant teens end up dropping out of school, loosing contact…
Teen pregnancy is a growing epidemic in United States. United States has the highest rate of teen pregnancy compared to other countries. In 2011 a total of 329,797 babies were born to women age 15-19. Approximately 750,000 teens get pregnant in a single year (Control Disease Center, 2013). Among those 61% is located in Berkeley County, West Virginia which is the highest rate for teen pregnancy in the state of West…
Teen pregnancy in the United States has been a big issue now for the past few years and it seems as though the number of teenagers becoming pregnant is rising yearly. The fact is the number of pregnant teens in the U.S. is becoming out of control, and America has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the western industrialized world. 1/3 of all American girls will get pregnant in their teens, costing America billions of dollars each year. Although bringing new life into the world is always exciting;…