Since The Rate Of Unwanted Teenage Pregnancies Has Been

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Since the rate of unwanted teenage pregnancies has been steadily decreasing over the past forty years (Patten, 2016), many young women will not be faced with the difficult challenges and life-altering decisions that a pregnant teen is presented with. However, of those teenage women who do face the burden of an unforeseen pregnancy, many come to realize how simple preventative measures could have saved them from having to deal with the social, financial, and psychological difficulties caused by an undesired conception. This eHealth Project Proposal is an intervention that comes in the form of a website, tailored specifically to sexually active teenage girls, ages 12-19, and strives to promote safe sex practices, sexual abstinence, the use…show more content…
Effectively preventing teenage pregnancies would not only spare the health and well being of many infants and young girls, but public costs related to this issue would decline significantly (since costs are "currently estimated at $10.9 billion" worldwide) (Hamilton, 2012). Even though global teen birth rates have been steadily decreasing over the years (as seen in figure 1), the birth rate United States still prevails as one of the highest out of all industrialized countries, as one can see in table 1 above (Hamilton, 2012). Figure 2 shows the results of a survey conducted on teens in Austin, Texas, which provides a clear indication of what specific risk factors today 's youth face when it comes to preventing pregnancies. These include, but are not limited to: a lack of access to contraception, a lack of supportive partners, and a lack of education about contraceptive use (Brazeal, 2015). All sexually active teenage girls, regardless of race, wealth, or location, are at risk for an unintended pregnancy. This intervention will hopefully aid in reducing the number of women affected by this issue. There have been multiple peer-reviewed studies surrounding the eHealth topic of preventing teen pregnancy and encouraging healthy
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