The United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy, birth, and abortion in the world. Nearly one million teen girls get pregnant each year. Nearly four out of 10 young women get pregnant at least once before they turn 20. Each year the federal government alone spends about $40 billion to help families that began with a teenage birth (Flinn, Hauser; 1998). Teen pregnancy is one of the most difficult social problems to find a solution to. The majority pregnant teens are between the ages of 15 to 19 years old. When faced with a dilemma, teenage girl tend to prepare and mature for early maternity. Many statistics varies to why and how teens are prone to early pregnancy. Environmental surroundings, in-home relations, emotions, and how to cope and furthermore prevent teenage pregnancy are some of the key factors discussed. Teenaged females are highly influenced by many social issues, but those with the lack of strong parental guidance, sex education, and positive mass media are more likely to have a premarital pregnancy (Ypsilanti). Teens that do not have a strong father figure or parental guidance are more likely to have children at an early age. How do we help make sure our teens are getting the proper sex education, and attention to decrease the amount of teenage pregnancy? How do we cope with teen pregnancy? We need to talk with our teens and spread the word about early maternity. Methods will include advising and counseling, education on pregnancy and assisting with options. Financial and medical assistance is also available.
March 25, 2014
Effects of Teenage Pregnancy in the United States
Have you experienced teenage pregnancy, or know someone who has? Approximately one million teens aged 15–19 years become pregnant each year in the United States. This...