Effects Of Teenage Pregnancy On American Society

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Introduction Teenage pregnancy is one of the pressing issues affecting the American society due to its socioeconomic and healthcare implications. However, it is interesting to note that there was a “sizeable” decline in teen birth rates beginning in 1991 and transcending through the twenty first century (Kearney and Levine, 2012). Note that this decline does not only represent nationwide general trend. Accordingly, between the early 1990s and 2010, there are considerable decreases transpiring across specific states as well as among specific ethnic categories. There are nonetheless decreasing trends observable among various demographic considerations (Boonstra, 2014). It is thereby worth examining the factors influencing such decrease, particularly by comparing the social, political, and economic situations prior to the start of the trend—probably during the mid-twentieth century—with the situations since the onset of the trend and until the contemporary times, while also taking into consideration historical and demographical developments surrounding the rate of teenage pregnancy.
During the Mid-20th Century Although there is a sizeable decline in birth rates from teenagers between 1990s and 2000s, this trend was actually transpiring even during the middle of the twentieth century. A retrospective study conducted by Chau-Kuang Chen, Cassandra Ward, Karmen Williams, and Amirah Abdullah that moreover involved utilizing data from various organizations to include the Center for…
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