Birth control is important to teenagers, and they should be used if a teen is to become sexually active. Parents should remember to teach their children about birth control always, just in case a teen should become curious and decide to have sex. In conclusion teen pregnancy has hard an effect on society, in many ways. Most teen pregnancies were not planned. CFOS says that about 65% of teen pregnancy's were not even discussed with their sexual partners.
Another reason teenage pregnancy exists is also probably because of the teenager’s social and family background. Klein (2005) notes that there are teenagers that become sexually active because it may be the result of the teenager’s upbringing and from the environment he grew up in. Considering the decrease in American teenagers who engage in sexual intercourse, the rate and the average age of teenagers doing the act is still quite high. He cites that younger teenagers are more prone in engaging in coercive and nonconsensual sex because they are still incapable of fighting back. The teenager may also have seen sexual abuse at their home and may have already become a victim to this type of abuse and got addicted to it.
Teen pregnancy is a topic which is often looked down upon, as teengers are very young to have a responsiblity of a newborn.Many scholars, as well as scholars rather choose to ignore the fact that teen pregnancy is an existing problem rather than finding ways to reduce it. It is very important to understand the roots of teen pregnancy.Let’s first discuss what is teenage pregnancy?Teenage pregnancy is pregnancy experienced by females between the ages of 13-20. There is an epidemic growing where teen birth rate is becoming a common problem.We need to consider solutions to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy through better sex education;parents having sex-talk with teens and why teen pregnancy is detrimental. According to Cherry,writer of the book Teenage pregnancy:A global view,his research indicates that the highest recorded teen birth rate year has been dropping since 1991 . Many other countries throughout the world are experiencing issue with teenage pregnancies.
The problem with teenage pregnancy is it requires intervention from society. This debate is from the perspective of teens, and absent from the medical, ethical, and political views on teen pregnancy. According to Jewell, Tacchi, & Donovan, (2000), teen pregnancy is not a problem for teens themselves but more of a problem for society. The large numbers of unintended pregnancies are among unmarried teens. A number of teens do not want to become pregnant, although some are not opposed and other has ambivalent attitudes (Bruckner, Martin, & Bearman, 2004, p. 535-557).
There is a great debate on whether or not mass media has an influence on teenage pregnancy. A study done by the RAND Corporation shows that teens are twice as likely to have sex or engage in sexual acts if they see similar sexual behavior in the media. Many objects in the media that involve sex target teens. Reality TV shows and teen dramas often portray the "cool kids" as the ones who are having sex (Chandra).Today’s teens are highly influenced by what they see in the media and this can change their behavior and choices. Some will argue that the media doesn’t influence teenagers, but how can we be sure of that?
It is proven by the growing concern about young people's exposure to sexual content through different product of media. Well, media is obviously ... ... middle of paper ... ...ot the case in some other parts of the world., teenage pregnancy in developing countries are a result of a marriage and they are supported by their family and not criticized by the society such as in the eastern societies mostly. Supporters have found solutions in order to warn teenagers about their sexual relations such as sex education: an education on issues involving human sexuality. Most observers agree that sex education programs can help delay the beginning of sexual activity and prevent teenage pregnancy. However, there is huge divergence about what type of sex education is best for adolescents.
A study was conducted with adolescents on their perceptions of teen pregnancy and the effects on multiple levels. These adolescents also mentioned that they are aware that teen pregnancy is associated with a negative stigma (stereotype). The New York Times reported that a way that can reduce teen pregnancy is using shame in order to deter young adolescents into becoming pregnant. Becoming a parent as a teenager is not something people think will happen to them. Teen pregnancy occurs when two teens engage in sexual intercourse, or “hook up,” and if they are not safe, it then turns into an unplanned pregnancy.
Most teenagers do not plan to get pregnant, but many do. Teen pregnancies carry extra health risks to both the mother and the baby. One reason teens end up pregnant at such a young age is because they never had “the talk.” When parents do not begin to stress the consequences of not using a condom to their child they increase the risk of that child being reckless. Another influence of teen pregnancy is the impact of exposure to sexual content on the behaviors of adolescents. Albert Bandura’s social learning theory incorporates the dominance of media in relation to its impact on societal behaviors.
Some think that methods such as “pulling out” and other rumors of preventing pregnancy will keep them from unwanted pregnancies. A lot of teenagers have the “never going to happen to me” belief. Sadly, pregnancies catch teenagers off guard and don’t understand what is going on with them when pregnancy symptoms arise. It doesn’t help that the media glorifies sex and irresponsibility. This factor singlehandedly contributes to a rise in teenagers participating in promiscuous behavior.
Many parents often worry that their teens are engaging in unhealthy or dangerous behaviors, including reckless driving, drinking, drugs, and unprotected sex. For many parents, the only obvious solution is to try and hide the facts of sex from their children, in the hopes that the less they know about it, the less tempted they will feel to do it. Other parents make doomsday-esque statements about what will happen if their child participates in sexual behavior before marriage, in the hopes of scaring their teens into abstinence. Overall though, multiple surveys and studies have shown that abstinence-only sexual education is ineffective, misleading, and possibly even riskier than a comprehensive sex ed class would be (Alford par. 2).