April 5, 2013
Adolescence is a period of identity seeking, a period of exploration and risk taking their normal developmental actions and perceptions can put them at more risk than any other life stages (Dryfoos, 1991) .One such issue they create is Teenage Pregnancy, bearing a child during adolescence adds up the stress and makes changes in various life aspects like physical, emotional and social. Resulting in many negative consequences to the mother as well as her child
In the recent years, teenage pregnancy has been labeled a major issue for public concern for decades ,the teenage birth rate in the United States is one of the highest in the industrialized nations, the rate was at a high in the 1950’s and has decreased since then .The teen birth dropped 17 percent from 2007 through 2010 , a record low and 44 percent from 1991.Rates fell across all teen age groups, racial and ethnic groups and nearly all states(Hamilton,2012,pg 1) .However even if the rate of teenage pregnancy in the United States had declined greatly within the past few years ,it is still a problem that needs to be addressed.
Why teen pregnancy rates to be reduced
In the United States, teen pregnancy has been a subject of public concern for decades. Teenagers are not only at risk of conception but also at risk of many transmitted infections, since there is a lack of use of contraceptives. Births to teenagers are at a higher risk of low birth weight and preterm birth, and death in infancy (Mathews,et al,2010,pg1).Moreover, teenagers on parental responses and medical assistance can result on…