Could Teen Pregnancy Cause Health Issues?

by dbent2 on October 24, 2013 - 12:02pm


Teen Motherhood and Long-Term Health Consequences

In the article Teen Motherhood and Long-Term Health Consequences, researchers examine the correlation between teen motherhood and long-term physical and mental health conditions. The physical and mental health parts of the F-12 Healthy Survey are part of the NYLSY79 health module that assesses the relation between women who experienced teen mother hood. There were two comparison groups for teen mothers were women who engaged in unprotected sex as a teen but didn’t get pregnant and those who experience only teen pregnancy. The article links teen-motherhood to education, poverty and welfare, which makes sense. With teen pregnancy many teens are forced to drop out of school to take care of their child thus continuing the vicious cycle of poverty. The study also finds significant negative affects within teen-motherhood and women’s physical and mental health in their 40s according to the Physical Component Summary (PCS) and Mental Component Summary (MCS). The results of this research strongly suggest that teen-motherhood does take a tool on both the physical and mental well being of a teenage girl.

The main purpose of this article is to show the relation between teen-motherhood and the serious issues affecting their health. The most important information in this article is that the Physical Component Summary (PCS) was 49.91 and the Mental Component Summary (MCS) was 50.89. The key concepts used in this article were teen-motherhood, physical heath, mental health, and health outcomes.  With these concepts, the writer connects all the terms Furthermore; teen moms exhibit poorer health than most women.  In their conclusion, teen-motherhood has a big impact on the well-being of young woman in their later stages of life.



Although I get annoyed seeing 14 and 15 year old girls walking around the mall pushing a stroller with a baby in it, the truth is that back in the old days this was common. Girls got married at an extremely young age, did not go to college, and had two or three kids by the time they were 17 years old. As far as the study goes, I do not doubt that teen pregnancy leads to poverty in most cases. However, success and poverty are very different in 2013 than they were back in the 1800's. Your posting left me wondering when this study was done and what exactly the PCS and MCS were based on? What types of tests did they do in order to determine their score?

This post is especially interesting to me because of the dramatic increase of pregnant teens in my school district. Like the comment above stated above, women were expected to give birth by the time they were 15 or 16. Scientific studies have shown that this is the prime and safest time for a women to give birth, both for the women and the child. I do agree that in some case's mothers will have finical struggles at some point but if you really think about it don't we all...? Couldn't everyone use a little extra cash at some point in their life? If the women put herself in this situation she should be able to handle it and have the strength and courage to push through the hard times to make a better life for her family. The post also made me wonder what kind what specific kind of health problems these teen-mothers face. Are they more physical or mental health related issues?

This is a great post but what interests me is that in today’s society there is so much emphasis on contraceptives yet the teen pregnancy rates continue to increase. In this past year teen pregnancies in my town have increased more than ever before. I’m curious of this idea because the times truly have changed and I feel if anything the rates should decrease because of all the methods that can be used to have “safe sex.” Today’s media may have an effect due to the sexual content in movies and in music but the outcome does seem a little shocking. As for the positive correlation with teen pregnancies and health issues I understand completely. I feel teen pregnancies must take a toll on a young mothers mental stability due to the stress levels she must experience. Being a teen mother must be hard to handle, having stress cause a decrease in the immune system, leaving teen mothers to be more likely to become ill or have other health issues. Stress can be caused due to juggling the responsibilities or decisions to stay in school or drop out debating what’s best for an education, have some sort of financial stability, and still have time, support, and love to give to a new child.

I agree with your article's information being mostly accurate, but I think it truly depends on the mother itself giving birth to the baby. In my hometown I have experienced seeing teen mothers in my high school that were successful, but most of them weren't at the same time like your article states. Teen mothers I think can be capable of being successful, but they are put in a bad position with a baby because it is more difficult for a teen to take care of a baby versus a adult. Adult mothers tend to be more successful taking care of their children because most of them already have a job with their life planned out. Being a mother though deep down though depends on the heart of the mother caring for the baby and the hard work they put in outside of that.

In my opinion, I think teen pregnancy is more of a social issue. In the earlier years, women became mothers at ages 14, 15,16 etc. There was a time where it was expected of women (or teenagers) to start reproducing at a younger age. Times have changed, but women’s bodies haven’t changed significantly from the 1800’s to early 1900’s. I am not underestimating the risks of pregnancy, especially in teens, because anything is possible despite age. I was brought up with the impression that a woman should not have kids until they have established themselves and are married. In this day and age, this would cause women to start reproducing in their mid-twenties or early thirties. The way I was personally taught as a child does not reflect the rest of society. Today, pregnancy with teens can be planned or accidental. I believe that it is more socially dangerous because it could hold a teen back from starting or finishing their education to make more money to support their child. In my opinion, I am aware that there are illnesses with pregnancy, but I believe that teenagers are equipped to have children, because their bodies are matured. When it comes to mental health, it could be different. I simply believe that teen pregnancy effects one mentally and socially in comparison to physically.

As many have already commented, teen pregnancy is a lot more common in today’s day in age than it has been in several decades previous. Although, as others have pointed out, it was not always this way: teen mothers used to be the norm in many societies and time periods.
I found it interesting that you chose to talk about the physical health of the teen mother and how pregnancy and child-rearing can negatively impact it. Most of the time, people focus on the emotional and mental strain trying to raise a child can put on a young, immature, girl; or the economic struggle of trying to support a baby, and at times a family.
However, I agree though that a lot of the negative mental consequences a teen mother may face are due to the stigma attached to teen pregnancy rather than the strain of actually raising a child. Just from the comments posted, it is clear the teen pregnancy is still generally considered taboo in our society. I know in my own hometown, teen pregnancies were fairly uncommon, but when they did occur, the news and the gossip surrounding the poor girl were all people could talk about. It really is a shame seeing as how these teens have it anything but easy.

The title of this post intrigued me to read it because of my social surroundings during my years of high school. I witnessed young girls getting pregnant even at the age of 14 and 15 years old and all throughout high school, which can cause major health concerns in a girl that young. Some had abortions and some had kept the baby. Most of the ones that had experienced teen motherhood ended up dropping out of school at a very young age to take care of their child and without a proper education they are forced to raise their child in poverty. Living day-to-day on welfare check, if the family doesn't help out, is not easy for a teen mother. Being put in that position can cause mental health conditions in the future because they can get so stressed and frustrated about not having enough resources and income to support the child. I believe that this post is very accurate with the effects of teen motherhood.

Interesting. Historically, as stated in class, in some cultures but not in the American culture, teen pregnancy was once seen to be biologically accepted in that time period. But today, teen pregnancy is very prevalent but it is commonly frowned upon by Americans. As a teenager, it is commonly believed that the teenage body has not fully developed or that the individual is not mentally or emotionally apt to deal with the stress that comes along with raising a child. The quote, "You’re a child, raising child", is popular when referring to this topic merely because of the fact that the soon to be parent most likely has not completed high school or is still in their early college career. This post shows the accuracy of the effects of teen mother hood to its highest extent. Being an adult and having your life planned out to a certain extent where it can be executed and still be successful career wise and financially wise which is seen to be a better condition to raise a child in.

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