teen pregnacy

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Teenage childbearing is a growing problem in the United States. The United States experiences higher rates of teenage pregnancies than other developing countries. Teenage pregnancy represents a major social and financial burden, and has significant economic effects for society in increased welfare costs. Teenage childbearing costs taxpayers approximately nine billion dollars in direct costs linked to foster care, health care, criminal justice, public assistance, as well as lost tax revenues.1 Additionally, teenage pregnancies have long-term consequences for both the child and the mother. Children who are born to teenage mothers may experience lower education achievement, while the mothers are less likely to graduate from high school. Teenage pregnancies also result in serious health problems. Since teenage mothers are less likely to receive early prenatal care and more likely to smoke while pregnant, they experience preterm birth and low-birth-weight babies.1 With that being said, babies who are born to teenage mothers have a higher chance of dying before their first birthday, and more likely to suffer serious health problems than a baby born to a mother older in age. As one can see, teenage pregnancies are an important community health concern in the United States. Community and public health movements effectively lowered teen pregnancy and birth rates. Even though rates declined, roughly one-third of teenage girls get pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20, leading the United States with 750,000 teen pregnancies a year.1 In 2006, 750,000 women under the age of 20 became pregnant.1 The pregnancy rate was 71.5 pregnancies per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 19, and 7% of the pregnancies occurred among wome...

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...ram was tailored to fit those at risk. But even though the intervention follows the ten prescriptions, there are some factors that may influence the intervention not to succeed. One factor may be that the parents will be inconsistent with their attendance to the sessions, which can play a huge part for the child as well, making them less motivated to come, and preventing dropouts should be a priority! Another factor and limitation is being financially able to obtain the amount of gift cards. I must mention that I did not address how the program will raise money for the gift card rewards. Overall, the Si se puede program can successfully increase the Hispanic youths’ knowledge about teen pregnancy and sex, highlight cultural values that support safer sex, and reduce the number of teen pregnancies over the next two years.

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