Public Health Problem Of Teen Pregnancy

1573 Words Feb 8th, 2016 7 Pages
Public Health Problem For generations, teen pregnancy has been a prevalent issue, with women becoming mothers as early as aged fifteen to nineteen. This issue arose from undereducation about safe sex practices. Teen pregnancy was more accepted in earlier years due to the shorter human life span at the time, but as time passed and people started living longer, it became a practice for people with lower socioeconomic standing. Teenage pregnancy was seen as a woman doing her duty by bringing a child into the world. This belief is still held by many cultures and in many places like sub-Saharan Africa and parts of south-central and eastern Asia today. The focus of my study is how programs that teach young adults about the consequences of having unprotected sex have developed over time, and how these teen pregnancy prevention programs have been of great benefit to society. The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the western world. This issue has caused tremendous setbacks for adolescents in their education, leading to lower job opportunities and more dependency on government aid for welfare. Over time, these same practices are passed on from generation to generation and soon enough it has become a cultural norm. In a study conducted by Natalie Pierre (MD, MPH) and Joanne Cox (MD) the statistics have shown that daughters of teen mothers have an 83% likelihood of becoming mothers by the time they become eighteen years old. In observing specific…
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