Unit 8 Assignment: Preventing Teen Pregnancy Kendal Metts Kaplan University Have you talked to your children about safe sex? Do they know all the risks and consequences of being sexually active at such a young age? Not all teens are talked to when it comes to having sex and the consequences of having sex. They don’t know how to use birth control or condoms properly or they don’t have them.
Some people believe that sex education and abstinence-only education will not prevent teen pregnancies, but it can in fact influence them to either refrain from sex before marriage or avoid having unprotected sex. According to a study lead by author Pamela Kohler, “About 25% of teens received abstinence-only education and about two-thirds received comprehensive sex education” (Kohler). Researchers found that teens who received sex education were 60% less likely to get pregnant or to get someone pregnant than those who did not get sex education (HealthDay News). School boards schools consider utilizing sex education and abstinence-only education in schools. It could stop teens from dropping out of school and being in welfare.
The need for birth control has grown due to increased sexual activity in teens. Each year 850,000 adolescent girls become pregnant. 41.3% of pregnancy are teens 15-19 years old and 20% of abortions are teens. With the growing use of birth control in teens in the last decade teen pregnancy rates are steadily going down.
The age group that is most likely to become pregnant from not using any type of contraceptive method are those ages fifteen to eighteen. About eighteen percent of sexually active teens in this age group are not using any type of birth control (“Contraceptive Use in the United States.”). The biggest contributors to this are their lack of knowledge and the difficulty that comes with obtaining many forms of birth
Whether the teens are educated and/or supported can be deciding factors on whether the pregnancy has a good or bad outcome. Examples of poor outcomes that are given are the child having a low birth weight, displaying developmental delays, and poor performance in the area of academics. Even though the United States has displayed a drop in the number of teenage pregnancies that occur, there are programs that can help provide support and guidance that hopefully results in the avoidance of the poor outcomes that happen so often in teen pregnancy and the parenting that follows. I will use this to obtain facts on the poor outcomes that are associated with teenage
Schools are more influence than other places on teens. “Schools are an important site of influence on teens’ sexual behaviors, more so than neighborhoods” (Mollborn). This is how important schools are in the life of teenager. Also, how important education is. Therefore, teens that become pregnant are not properly prepared for motherhood.
Teenage pregnancy is a social problem with biological and physical consequences. Sexual education is now part of the learning area ‘Life Skills” in schools, but teenagers still fall pregnant because they are not open and lack transparency when discussing sexual matters. Teenage pregnancy has always been a medical problem no matter how many young girls are educated about sexual intercourse, condoms, contraceptives and HIV/AIDS. 1.2 Problem Statement
Some viewers may not know anything about teen pregnancy other than what they see on television without even experiencing it or been properly informed on the topic. Not all teen moms deserve the bad wrap we get and I say “we” because I am a teen mom myself. As of 2011, the rate was fifty-four pregnancies per one thousand girls from the ages 15 to 19. Thirty percent of teenage girls who drop out say pregnancy and parenthood are a key reason. When you see teen mothers on television they are usually portrayed as high school drop outs.
An investigation into the impacts of sex education on pregnancy levels, however, differs with Kohler et al. (349) by finding sex education as an effective approach to reducing pregnancy levels among adolescents (Chin et al. 282). Conclusion 1.
Teenage pregnancy is becoming a societal problem that branches out to other problems that it is caused for the growth of poverty rate in different baranggays. One of the reasons why teenagers are already aware with this topic is because of media. They get a higher knowledge to sex from the magazines, TV shows, internet, movies and other
One of the social challenges that we are facing in our daily life is early pregnancy. Teenage pregnancy is defined as an unintended pregnancy during adolescence. Teenage pregnancy in Malaysia has a chronic increased and many young mothers-to-be are estranged from their families. However, teenage pregnancy is a growing issue which is not just happened in Malaysia, but across the globe which the numbers of teenage girls who become pregnant are steadily increasing. One of the factors that contribute to teenage pregnancy is lack of sex
Research shows unintended pregnancies are associated with birth defects low birth weight, elective abortion, and maternal depression, reduced rates of breastfeeding and increased risk of physical violence during pregnancy (10 Colorado winnable battles). Teen mothers are more likely to drop out from high school and not earn high school diploma. Avoiding unwanted pregnancy helps to reduce social and economic costs that are expenditure on health care. Every $ 1.00 invested in publicly funded family planning saves 7.09 in Medicaid. Colorado has now more than 40 % drop in teen pregnancy because of CDPHE family planning initiative that provided services for more than 30,000 for low or no
The likelihood of an effective abstinence only sex ed is statistically improbable in this day and age, given the fact that more than 80% of 19 year olds have already become sexually active (Source A). This statistic can be paired with the fact that the average marriage age is 26.5 years old for women and nearly 30 years old for men. Abstinence only policies may have seemed like a strong idea many years ago, when the concept of sex ed was just being formed, but now society’s morals have shifted. Years ago, when a girl became pregnant out of marriage, she had no other option than to get married, give up on her dreams, and raise her child. Now, there are many options for unwanted pregnancy, including adoption, abortion, or simply working hard and keeping the baby.
Racial and ethnic disparity in teen pregnancy rates abound. The National Campaign (2014), observed that African American female teens are twice in danger of getting pregnant than white teenagers; about four out of every ten of them would have gotten pregnant by their 20th birthday, and that as at 2010, the pregnancy rate for this racial group already stood at 99.5 out of every 1000 for female teens aged 15 to 19. Further studies suggest that the Hispanic/Latino minority group is not far behind, with rates greater than the national average (Shoff & Yang, 2012). The economic costs are enormous and multifaceted; educational, health, occupational, economic, and so on.
Teenage parenthood is theorized as a social problem that involves a greater than average risk of being poor, unemployed and isolated. Studies have confirmed the association between socioeconomic disadvantage and teenage pregnancy and between social inequality and high teen pregnancy rates. Social exclusion is a contested term that goes beyond a concept of non-participation due to poverty of a concept of individuals or groups being shut out from society for reasons of multiple disadvantages, including: discrimination, chronic illnesses, geographical locations and cultural