16 and Pregnant
by mackenzie_mcdonough on April 14, 2014 - 11:19pm
Blog Research 2 Draft
Teen pregnancy is a issue that is dealt with in countries all over the world. I ready Canada tracked the amount of teen pregnancies in different regions form 2006-2010. A teen was classified as a young women from the age 16-19. this type of study has not been made in a while in Canada so they wanted to see how effective their contraceptive has been working in sexually active teens. They tried to match older studies as closely as possible. The researchers found that pregnancy, births, and abortions have all declined. From 2001-2010 teen pregnancy has declined 15.6%. During 2006-2010 teen pregnancy only declined 1.5%. When compared to other countries like the United States and England it was found that all three of the countries teen pregnancies were declining. A little less than half the pregnancies in Canada are teen pregnancies. According to the data most of the regions decreased while a few increased. They suggest that women in a lower financial state that didn't look like they were going to increase were more likely to have children at a young age. They are trying to prevent unwanted pregnancies in teens by making more youth programs, helping to get affordable contraception, and provide more health education.
I was personally surprised by this article. I thought with teen pregnancy on television and media it was beginning to be seen as more of a social norm and OK to be done. I used to hear stories of girls intentionally getting pregnant so that they could audition to be on TV. Maybe seeing the hardships of a teen mom on TV made it more clear that contraception should be used to prevent unwanted pregnancy. I agree with the article when t takes about how it can be prevented. Teens need to know that having sex is what makes children, that is what it is suppose to be for. Also I like the idea of giving the teens more activities because if they are busy then I think less trouble is made.
Mckay, A. (2012). Trends in Canadian national and provincial/territorial teen pregnancy rates: 2001-2010. Canadian Journal Of Human Sexuality, 21(3/4), 161-175.