Child Abuse And Teenage Pregnancy

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Teenage Pregnancies are considered to be an epidemic in the United States. In fact the United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world. 3 in 10 teen American girls will get pregnant at least once before age 20. That’s nearly 750,000 teen pregnancies every year. 8 in 10 of teen pregnancies are unintended. There are many theories on the causes of teen pregnancy, but one you don’t hear very often is the impact of child abuse on teenage pregnancy. Can child maltreatment cause a negative consequence like teenage pregnancy? Well, several clinical and behavior reports and research studies, have explored this question to find a link between the two.
The first study will take a look at the association between adverse childhood experiences and adolescent pregnancy. By examining if teen pregnancy increased as adverse childhood experiences increased. The second sought out if child abuse predicts adolescent pregnancy by measuring four areas of child abuse in association with when the subjects first experienced consensual intercourse. Lastly, the third aimed to discover the link between childhood maltreatment and teenage pregnancy by interviewing a representative sample of 249 teenage women in an urban setting of Rochester New York.
All of these three studies research found significant evidence showing the correlation between child abuse and the likelihood of teen pregnancy. Their conclusions found that some areas of abuse, such as sexual, had a higher result in adolescent pregnancy than other forms of abuse. There were more teenage pregnancies in adolescents that experienced abuse at a young age, then those who did not experience abuse.

The first study was among adult enrollees over 18 years of age with a mea...

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...een. The study would be done through a teen pregnancy center or an adoption agency.
There also didn’t seem to be any studies involving males. It made sense since an issue like this mostly focuses on women, but was still strange nonetheless because men are also involved in the process. It would be neat to see the study from a men’s angle because what if they do have some kind of weight in the matter? After all, women are not the only sex to experience adolescent abuse. According to the National Center for Victims of Crime self-report studies show that 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual abuse assault or childhood sexual abuse incident. Which raises the question what relationship to child abuse and pregnancy do men have? Bringing males into the picture could open a whole other door to the root of the issue of child abuse and adolescent pregnancy.

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