34% of teenage women will get pregnant each year under the age of twenty. Of that 34%, 80% of the pregnancies are unplanned (teenhelp.com). Teen pregnancy is a growing problem in society because teenagers are having children when they aren’t fully grown themselves. Taking a financial and emotional burden on at a young age causes a continuous struggle that even adults, at an older more prepared stage in their life, have to try to balance to ensure happiness for themselves and their child.
Throughout my 19 years of life, I have always been through Brockport’s education system. When I... [+] Read more
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is a group that makes their purpose known right in their title. “National Day” is a program that runs through the month of May that has facts upon teenage pregnancy, the consequences from sexual behaviors, and interactive quizzes that have results, which seem to have affected teenagers in a positive way upon thinking about their behaviors. www.stayteen.org not only gives hard facts about teen pregnancy, but insight on how being a teen parent has “life-long challenges.” Media and... [+] Read more
While reading Douglas Kirby’s article, I found it very interesting that when educating students about sex prevention, strictly talking about abstinence and not including information about contraceptives or STDs makes prevention less effective than talking about all three at the same time (Kirby, 2007). Merely talking about abstinence to a teenager does not make contraceptive use or abstinence rate increase (Kirby, 2007). Results yield positive outcomes when teenagers are informed about STD possibilities, pregnancy facts, and prevention (Kirby, 2007). Teenagers need to know all the... [+] Read more
Teen Pregnancy not only impacts the lives of the mothers, but also the children themselves. According to Dr. Weiss (2010), the United States has the highest rate of pregnancies in all industrialized nations. Teens who become parents also have to deal with health risks due to the fact that a woman’s body wasn’t designed to have children at a young age. “Children born to teen mothers are more likely to be premature and underweight, increasing their risks for hyperactivity, blindness, deafness, chronic respiratory problems, infant death, and mental retardation (Weiss, 2010).” Weiss... [+] Read more
Teen Pregnancy: A Continuous Struggle
34% of women will get pregnant each year under the age of twenty. That may not sound like a huge number in the grand scheme of the world’s population, but 80% of those teen pregnancies are unplanned according to the website http://www.teenhelp.com/teen-pregnancy/teen-pregnancy-statistics.html. I do not believe that there is enough emphasis on teen pregnancy prevention within society. Growing up in Brockport and going through the Brockport school system... [+] Read more