This project will investigate the differing attitudes of parents towards teen contraceptive use, based on personal beliefs. Specifically, this project will explore the (accessibility of reproductive health care and contraceptive use,) the value of contraceptive use, the stigma of contraceptive use, and the concerns parents may have regarding teen sexuality. Additionally, thoughts from parents, school officials, and young adults on Planned Parenthood funding will be explored. Recommendations to improve sexual health and education will be solicited from the parents.
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Adolescents, between ages 12 and 16, were engaged in a three-wave longitudinal study that utilized a Computer Assisted Self Interview (CASI) technique to collect survey answers. A significant, positive relationship between television viewing and youth sexuality led to the finding that parental media intervention greatly influenced sexual youth behavior. From this finding, the researchers state the importance of open communication to bridge the gap between unmonitored youth behavior and parental expectations.
Parental control, decision self-esteem, and decision coping, in relation to sexual behavior and contraceptive use, were examined among multiethnic adolescents residing in Hawaii (Commendador, 2011). A moderate level of maternal control led to average contraceptive use in comparison to other studies. In a decisional self-esteem assessment, Commendador found that adolescents tend to lack confidence when making decisions for him or herself, but as they age and mature, decision making competency increases. Although adolescent age did not significantly correlated with decision coping and decision self-esteem (in regards to contraceptive use), a positive correlation between adolescent age and parental control was found. This study concluded that parenting style positively correlated with complacent-coping decision making.
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In our society today, the topic of birth control and other contraceptives for teens is a stirring debate. Teens are more promiscuous and sexually active than ever before; as early as middle school, we are seeing more teenage pregnancies, STD’s, and abortions than ever. Teenagers are not comfortable discussing their sexual activity with their parents and as a result they are seeking out other ways to gain access to birth control and other forms of contraceptives without parental consent. Access to birth control reduces the number of unintended teenage pregnancies and abortions each year, and access to birth control also fuels teenage promiscuity and encourages sex outside of marriage.
Teenagers should have access to birth control devices. The most compelling argument against this thesis is the idea that they are not emotionally mature enough to be having sex at all, in that it is a meaningful commitment that should be only taken up by adults who have the ability to consent fully and understand the consequences of their behavior. Additionally, sexual behavior contains a lot of risks of many different natures. There is the emotional risk of engaging in such intimate activity, with concomitant development of feelings that may not be reciprocated or healthy. There is also the physical risk of disease. For heterosexual women, pregnancy is an emotional, physical, and economic strain that could severely derail a promising
Multiple factors influence the rate of teen pregnancy. Some of the most important factors influencing pregnancy rates are socioeconomic status, education, and family income. With low socioeconomic status and income, parents may not always be present in their children’s lives in order to educate them on sex. School districts, then, take on the responsibility to educate teenagers on sexual intercourse and safe practices, but some fail. Stanger-Hall, K. F., & Hall, D. W. provided statistics showing that while many schools push abstinence-only programs, they show little to no positive impact on preventing teen pregnancies (Stanger-Hall, K. F., & Hall, D. W. (n.d.)). While abstinence may work for some, it is not realistic to believe that all teens will abide by it. Teens need a comprehensive sexual education with emphasis on safe sex practices, which is where Be Safe, Not Sorry comes into play. The comprehensive program will cover all
Teenage sexuality and birth control have long been controversial topics that many find themselves unwilling to discuss. However, ignoring these issues will not make them disappear. The fact of the matter remains that teens are having sex and need confidential access to prescription birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancies. With the looming possibility of tremendous socio-economic effect upon society from an increase in teen pregnancies, allowing teens to access birth control without parental consent is
First, most adolescents are not mature enough to make decisions that will change their lives forever. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius state, “Some older adolescents have the cognitive ability and capacity to reason similarly to an adult. However, neuroimaging studies
Thesis statement: In order to explain why contraceptives are becoming such a necessity in schools today, I will share how teen parenthood is being glorified, reasons for such an increase in teenage pregnancies, and how effective distributing contraceptives would be.
Akers, Borrero, Corbie-Smith, and Schwarz (2010) discussed the results of a study completed on African American family discussions with their adolescent children regarding family planning and contraception. The authors found this study important due to the extremely high rates of pregnancy in black adolescents, and suggests one of the solutions to this issue would be the communication between the parents are the children (Akers, Borrero, Corbie-Smith, & Schwarz, 2010).
Did you know that more than half of all teens feel uncomfortable talking to their parents about sex? Allowing teens to access birth control has always been a controversial subject for society, especially when it speaks of parents and whether they should be involved in the decision or not. Is it ethical? Does it go against various religions? Will it really make the pregnancy rate go down? Is it really the teenagers choice? Does it take away from the parents the ability to control their children? So many questions which can’t be answered unless we try it.
The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of restrictive contraceptive legislation on unintended teenage pregnancy. Teenage pregnancy has declined steadily over the past 40 years, however in the past decade the rate of pregnancy among adolescents is rising. Restrictive contraceptive legislation such as abstinence only education, mandatory waiting periods, parental notification laws, or Medicaid funding restrictions could all play a part in the increase of pregnancy in teenagers. One study found funding for abstinence-only education programs were linked to increased birth rates among black and white adolescents (Yang & Gaydos, 2010). Another study found restrictive contraceptive legislation resulted in higher unintended pregnancy rates among adolescents. The implication of this review is state and federal policies should focus on improving education regarding contraception use and forming policies which improve access to abortion.
According to a poll done in 2006 that recorded the “Adult and teen preferences for type of sex education needed,” 14% percent of the adults interviewed thought that teens should get more information about abstinence, 8% that they should get more information about birth control, 73% that they should get more information about both abstinence and birth control or protection, 4% didn’t know, and 1% refused to answer. For teens (12-19), 7% percent thought that they should learn more about abstinence, 9% that they should learn more about birth control, 56% that they should learn more about both abstinence and birth control or protection, 22% didn’t know, and 7% refused to answer (“Adult and teen preferences,” 2010).
For the religion CPT, my group researched the churches view of contraceptives. Before researching this topic, I was not against the use of contraceptives. I personally believe it is important to practice safe sex and it is important for adolescences to be aware of the methods of contraceptives available to them. I do not personally think by informing adolescences of contraceptive methods it encourages them to participate in sexual activates. It is not easy to prevent teenagers from engaging in sexual activities, but it is important for them to become informed of the consequences as well as how to prevent situations like teenage pregnancy. Not only is prevention important, but teenagers should be aware of the methods and resources available to them in their communities.
Programs that encourage abstinence have become a vital part of school systems in the US. These programs are usually referred to as abstinence-only or value-based programs while other programs are called as safer-sex, comprehensive, secular or abstinence-plus programs which on the contrary promote the usage of effective contraception. Although abstinence-only and safer-sex programs disagree with one another, their core values and stand on the aims of sex education is to help teens develop problem-solving skills and the skill of good decision-making. They believe that adolescents will be better prepared to “act responsibly in the heat of the moment” (Silva). Most programs that have been currently implemented in the US have seen a delay in the initiation of sex among teens which proves to be a positive and desirable outcome (Silva).
SLIDE 8: At the relationship level we will address social support of parents. This is important because there is often a lack of comfort for adolescent females in talking to their parents regarding contraception and the decision to use it. Many teenage girls fear talking to their parents about sex, A 2015 survey by the national campaign to prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy found that 68% of teens don’t use birth control or protection because they are scared their parents would find out. We will use the theory of reasoned action to affect change here. While the theory of reasoned action is an individual theory it has a social aspect to it in the form of perceived subjective norms. It is especially relevant when discussing an adolescent
For males the embarrassment of not being adept in the use of condoms far outweighs the threat of having unprotected sex, this conclusion was founded in a study produced by Abel & Fitzgerald (2006) on evaluating young peoples understanding of risk associated to unprotected sex. Abel & Fitzgerald's study shows that peer pressure on teenagers to have sexual intercourse prevails over the consequence of not using contraception in order to avoid teenage pregnancies. Embarrassment about contraception may distract teenagers from asking for help and advice about protection against pregnancy. Adolescents will face possible teenage pregnancies if they are unable to ask doctors, health professionals and/or even retailers for contraception.
A controversy is rising in America about the nature of sex education in the nation's high schools. Studies show that 81 percent of American adults support a joint program teaching abstinence and contraception as opposed to an abstinence-only program (Roper 0316946), and 79 percent support contraception education regardless of the level of sexual activity in teenagers (Roper 0340807). The sad fact is, contraception is society's attempt at a "quick fix" for a problem that runs far deeper than the issue of teen sex. In the debate over the "best safe sex," educators and parents must consider not only the health issues, but must also reevaluate the morality of the nation's young people.