The Causes of Teen Pregnancy

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The Causes of Teen Pregnancy

There are many different situations that teenagers get themselves involved in that can lead to teen pregnancy. Many teenagers do not understand the risks that are involved with having sex. Teenagers today are growing up in a culture in which peers, TV and motion pictures, music, and magazines often transmit either covert or overt messages that unmarried sexual relationships (specifically those involving teenagers) are common, accepted, and at times expected, behaviors. To find out what the real causes of teen pregnancy are, I interviewed a few teenagers about their experiences and encounters with pregnancy. If teens were more educated and less influenced by the media teen pregnancy would decrease.

One of the biggest issues in teenage relationships today is trust. The issue is not about the lack of trust but instead too much trust. Many teenage girls tend to trust their boyfriends/sexual partners way too much. I interviewed Kaci and 18 year old college student and she had a lot to say about trust issues.

"My boyfriend Scott and I had not been going out very long but we had known each other for five years. Because we had known each other so long, I completely trusted him. After all he had never really done anything significant enough to break my trust. We started having sex about four months into our relationship, but we always made sure we had a condom because I was not going to have unprotected sex. One night he came over and we started fooling around, almost immediately I got up and grabbed a condom and gave it to him and I thought he had put it on. Then we started fooling around a little bit more and eventually had sex. Later that night after he left I went back in my room and o...

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...e about the consequences of sex, then maybe they would think before having sex at such a young age. In society it seems like everyone blames parents for teen pregnancy because they did not raise their children properly. Society may be right in sometimes blaming the parents but media has a much larger influence on teens. Many teens don't listen to their parents instead they look to movies, television, and music to learn about life. As long as the media continues to make movies and music that enforce sexual behavior, more and more teens will become sexually active and teen pregnancies will rise. Something needs to be done about these immediate causes of pregnancy, otherwise teen will never understand how serious sex and pregnancy is.

Works Cited

The National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, . Teen Pregnancy

Prevention. Alan Guttmacher Institute. 15 Apr. 2005

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