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Teen pregnancy is a major problem in the United States. There are significantly more teenage pregnancies in the United States than all other developing countries (Cleo & Moore, 1995). According to The Complete and Authoritative Guide: Caring for Your Teenager, out of every five women under twenty, two will become pregnant. Teen pregnancy rates have increased 23% from 1972 to 1990 (Napier, 1997) In order to come to a solution it is important to examine why teenage pregnancy is so high in the United States. When analyzing teen pregnancy, an effective way to get to the root of the problem is using the critical component of the sociological imagination. Critically, the two most prevalent ways to look at teen pregnancy are through a conservative or a liberal lens. Each side has their own answer to the question, what causes teen pregnancy, and how can we prevent it?

When the socioeconomic factor is examined the question we may ask is, "does welfare motivate kids to have kids?" According to conservatives, people with low incomes are lazy and unmotivated to work. Conservatives believe ...

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Concentrated Poverty, and Welfare Reform." Pp. 258-272 in

Coontz's (ed.) American Familes: A Multicultural Reader.

Lewis, S., Lohr, M., Spencer, M., White, R. (1997). Repeat pregnancies

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59(3), 536-551.

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