Teen Pregnacy

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Teen Pregnancy

In the Untied States three in ten teenage girls will have at least one pregnancy by the age of twenty, that is approximately seven-hundred forty-five thousand teen pregnancies each year. (The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy) Teen Pregnancy is a serious epidemic this nation is faced with. Pressures from peers and media for a teen to have sex and the misuse or failure of contraceptives are two main causes of pregnancy among teenagers. Theses Pregnancies have many effects on the teen and infant such as emotional issues, education deficiency, and health risk for the infant.

One cause of teenage pregnancy are the pressures put on teens from media and their peers. Sexual exposure on television and in movies stress adolescents to engage in premarital sex. Many programs glamorize teen pregnancy; these programs include MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” , Teen Nick’s “Degrassi: The Next Generation“, and the Fox Searchlight film “Juno”. According to the article “Sex on TV Increases Teen Pregnancy“ in “Time” magazine by Alice Park, researchers at the Rand Corp. say they have documented for the first time how such exposure can influence teen pregnancy rates. They found that teens exposed to the most sexual content on TV are twice as likely as teens watching less of this material to become pregnant before they reach age 20. Additionally teenagers face pressure to participate in sexual intercourse from their peers. Many high school aged kids feel that they have to be intimately involved with the opposite sex in order to be socially excepted. These contributing pressures can ultimately lead to an unplanned pregnancy for a teenager.

Another cause of teen pregnancy is the absence or failure of birth control....

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...h can learn to use abstinence.

Work Cited

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. “Teen Pregnancy.” 2011. < http://www.stayteen.org/teen-pregnancy >

(16 March 2011)

Park, Alice. “Sex on TV Increases Teen Pregnancy.” 3 November 2008.

< http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1855842,00.html >

( 15 March 2011)

Fox, Melissa. “What Causes Teenage Pregnancy.” 2011.

< http://ezinearticles.com/?What-Causes-Teenage-Pregnancy&id=1325859 >

( 17 March 2011)

“Teen Pregnancy Statistics.” 23 November 2010.

< http://www.pregnantteenhelp.org/statistics/teen-pregnancy-statistics/ >

(15 March 2011)

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. “Teen Pregnancy and Education.” March 2010. < http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/why-it-matters/pdf/education.pdf >

(16 March 2011)
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