Teen Pregnancy And Its Effect On Children

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Teen pregnancy has been an ongoing social issue in the United States for many of years. Although the rate of teen pregnancy has decreased since the 90s, the United States is still the highest among industrialized nations. The US ranks at one and a half times higher than Great Britain, three times higher than Canada, seven times higher than Denmark and Sweden, and eight times higher than Japan (Azar 1). Society considers teenage pregnancies a problem because they believe teenagers are not emotionally and financially ready to raise their children even though they are physiologically capable of producing offspring. Bearing a child at a young age has a negative effect on both the mother and child mental state, their physical being and overall in life. Young girls between the ages of 15-19, will face some negative consequences of being a teen mother in their lifetime and endure many hardships along the way. Being a teen parent decreases the likelihood a young teen will be as successful in life compared to a teen that does not bear a child. For example, children born to adolescent mothers are more likely to have cognitive development difficulties and are more likely to themselves become adolescent mothers and young mothers face a greater chance of encountering poverty and related forms of socioeconomic disadvantages, including reduced educational, housing, and employment opportunities (Chabot 1). Teen pregnancy is a recycling factor, which keeps repeating. The question is how
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