21 Sept. 2011 "Teen Pregnancy Statistics and Teen Pregnancy Facts." Family First Aid. The National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 2004. Web. 16 Sept. 2011.
There is about 560,000 teenage girls give birth each year. Eight in ten of these births resulted from unintended pregnancies. Teenagers who become sexually active at an earlier age are at a greater risk primarily because teenagers are less likely to use birth control. “African-American and Hispanic teenagers are twice as likely to give birth as are white teenagers. Teenagers who come from underprivileged neighborhoods and attend segregated schools are at a higher risk for pregnancy” (Calhoun 309).
Did you know three out of ten girls in the United States will get pregnant before the age of 20? Or that eight out of ten fathers don’t stay with the mother (“Teen Pregnancy”)? About 750,000 girls from the age of fifteen to nineteen years old get pregnant every year (Suellentrop). Teen pregnancy is a big issue and needs to be addressed, and can maybe even be prevented. Pregnancy among teens not only affects the lives of the parents, but also the child’s life in a negative way.
Teen Pregnancy in the United States Introduction Teen pregnancy falls into the category of pregnancies in girls age 19 or younger (NIH). Although statistics have shown a decrease, the number of teen pregnancy in the U.S. is still relatively high compared to the rest of the world. Sexual health is one of the top priorities in early adolescence health in the United States. Consequences of having sex at a young age generally results in unsafe sex practices. The consequences can be due to the lack of knowledge about sex education, and access to birth control/contraception (NIH, 2005).
Compared to women 20-21 children born to this age group live in environments that lack stimulation with minimal support; experience cognitive development delays and have trouble academically; are maltreated; live in poverty and receive welfare assistance; often become teen parents themselves; exhibit more behavioral problems and have higher rates of incarceration. Parenting teens, especially those 15-17 years of age, opposed to non-parenting teens typically drop out of high school and experience parental related stress that are common indicators of maternal depression (Huang, Costeines, Kaufman & Ayala, 2014). Teen birth rates are higher among Hispanic and non-Hispanic blacks, with 52 % of Hispanic teens... ... middle of paper ... ...-013-9807-1 Kirby, D. (2007). Abstinence, Sex, and STD/HIV Education Programs for Teens: Their Impact on Sexual Behavior, Pregnancy, and Sexually Transmitted Disease. Annual Review Of Sex Research, 18(1), 143-177 Lewis, K., Lesesne, C, Zanhiser, S.C., Wilson, M. W., Desiderio, G., Wandersman, A., Green, D. A.
About 2/3 of all shows, excluding sports and news, and 83 percent of music and movies watched by teens include sexual content (Brown11-4) Poverty and lack of academic success contribute, there is mounting evidence that poor academic success and bad parenting lead to teen pregnancy. Babies from teen mothers usually have poor health, lower grades, and have lower cognitive tests scores (Witte 137-54). The majority of children from an unplanned pregnancy are born to unmarried women. Children raised in single parent families face more challenges; they are more likely to be poor, dropout, lower grade point average, and poor school attendance records (Brown 11-4). Other causes of teen pregnancy can be due to the “teen rebellious stage”, and girls that feel like they aren’t getting enough attention and think getting pregnant is the only way to feel important (Kirby 89-94).
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For example forty-six out of every one thousand girls of Hispanic descent were pregnant in 2012 while African American girls had close to forty-four for every one thousand. Compared to Caucasians they had more than half of the number of teen births in the year of 2012. With a drastically large number of teen births in the year of 2012 alone, 9.4 billion dollars were spent on teen childbearing. New York State alone spent 337 million for 12,592 teen births. The number of teen pregnancies compared to teen births also has a drastic difference.
Not only are children of teen parents more likely to be unhealthy physically but sometimes emotionally as well. A teen cannot provide the fostering environment that a baby needs to develop. Although teen pregnancy rates declined throughout the 1990s, a 3 percent jump in births to teen mothers between 2005 and 2006 raised alarm that sex education programs and campaigns to reduce teen motherhood were failing (ProQuest). Various methods of contraceptives and the righteous yet difficult choice of abstinence are among possible solutions Preventing teen pregnancy is an issue in the United States of utmost importance and society as a whole must convince teens in a more innovative , extreme way and they must push forward now. As a result of teen pregnancies mothers and fathers are having to work extra hard to have an optimistic future.
Did you know that 3 in 10 teen girls in the United States will get pregnant at least once before they turn 20 years old? (“Teen Pregnancy”). Or that most teenagers want to be pregnant before they are 20 years old. In 2009 approximately 410,00 teens aged 15-19 gave birth in the United States and the teen birth rate remains higher than other developing countries (“Pazol”). The most shocking news to many teens having kids is that childbearing cost the United States about 9 billion annually and that the national teen birth rate was 39.1 birth per 1,000 and 37% decrease from 61.8 per 1,000 lowest in all records (“Pazol”).