When you think of teen pregnancy, you probably think that there isn’t a positive thing you could say about it. Actually, there is one big thing people can get out of teen pregnancy, better education about sex and pregnancy. There are many things that contribute to this issue, shows like sixteen and Pregnant and Teen Mom are glamorizing teen pregnancy, which is actually a big issue and the blame should be placed on the parents and media.
Peer pressure by friends can play a factor into the issue, if a child hangs out with a group of people that are sexually active, 9 out of 10 times that child is too. 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). Most teen girls are asked to drop out in the later stages of pregnancy because they do not to “encourage” other girls. High schools are starting to try to educate girls in their care they not only want to teach them about sex, they want to teach them what to do if they do get pregnant (Walsh-Childers 1-12). High schools are starting to provide condoms during school for during sex (Card 257-87).
The “teen rebellious stage” can be a cause of teen pregnancy many girls feel that pregnancy is the only alternative to feeling powerless and unimportant. They want to feel cool and sophisticated, they drink for the same reasons too (Walsh-Childers, Kim). The Guttmacher institutes states that between 43 to 62% of teens acknowledge that they were impregnated by an adult male.
Two thirds report that their babies fathers being as old as 27, approximately 5% of teen births are the result of rape (Alan Guttmacher). Teen drinking can cause unexpected pregnancy, many teens experience with drugs and alcohol. Approximately 91% of pregnant teens state that although they were drinking at the time, they did not plan on having sex when they conceived (Brown 11-4).
How much does it cost to raise a baby in America? If teens knew how much it would cost to raise a baby they may think twice about not being safe. The delivery in a hospital is about $3,500 per stay, which doesn’t even begin to list the baby’s items: Food, Diapers, toys, clothes, etc (Card 257-86). Most teens do not have jobs that pay well enough...