Teen Competency: The Causes And Effects Of Teen Pregnancy

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“3 in 10 teen American girls will get pregnant at least once before age 20. That’s nearly 750,000 teen pregnancies every year” (11 Facts About Teen Pregnancy). The rate for teen pregnancy is drastically climbing to a very high rate. These pregnancies are caused by drugs and alcohol, low socioeconomic status, and peer pressure. The effects of these pregnancies can cause high levels of stress for the mother, a poor environment for the child, and cause the teens who were impregnated to dropout of school and become financially stressed. Teenage pregnancy is defined as a teenage girl who usually within the ages of 13-19 becoming pregnant. The term in everyday speech usually refers to girls who have not reached legal adulthood who become pregnant.…show more content…
Socioeconomic conditions in communities and families may contribute to high teen birth rates. Examples of these are low education and low income levels of a teen’s family, few opportunities in a teen’s community for positive youth involvement, and neighborhood-level income inequality. “Teens in child welfare systems are at increased risk of teen pregnancy and birth than other groups. For example, young women living in foster care are more than twice as likely to become pregnant than those not in foster care” (Reproductive Health: Teen Pregnancy). Children that come from these types of households have less knowledge about pregnancy. This is caused by these children growing up without any strong role models or individuals to look up to or learn from. With their lack of education and knowledge about reproduction, these teens participate in unprotected and unsafe sexual activity. These teens do not know about the available ways to prevent nor do they explore their options of pregnancy prevention. Even if the adolescents have some form of education of prevention they are using them incorrectly which makes them useless during sexual…show more content…
Due to becoming pregnant during adolescence, teen mothers are very likely to drop out of school because of their low ambitions and dedication to getting an education. “About 38% of female teens who have a child before the age of 18 complete their high school education (Cause and Effect of Teen Pregnancy). This means that a very high percentage of teen mothers will not even go on to graduate from high school let alone pursue post-secondary education.Which is almost necessary to survive in today’s society. This means these young girls do not have full qualifications for proper jobs in the future, which leads to having a job with very low wages or even worse,

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