Teen Pregnancy And Public Perception

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The purpose of this chapter is to provide a literature review of teen pregnancy and public perception. The chapter will begin by examining the decrease of teen pregnancy in America. It will transition to understanding the emotional effects on teen mothers and depict how a pregnant teen’s life could be altered. It will conclude by discussing how the topic of teen pregnancy has caused the President of the United States to take a closer look. This chapter will end with a summary of my research findings.
The Office of Adolescent Health analyzed the trends in teen births, variations in teen birth rates across populations (ethnicity between ages 15-19) and characteristics associated with adolescent childbearing in their article entitled Trends in Teen Pregnancy and Childbearing. According to Office of Adolescent Health, in 2013, there were 26.5 births for every 1,000 adolescent females age 15-19 or 273,105 babies born to females in this age group. Nearly eighty-nine percent of these births occurred outside of marriage. The teen birth rate indicates a decline of 10% from 2012 when the birth rate was 29.4 per 1,000. The teen birth rate was 61.8 births for every 1,000 adolescent females in 2013. Still, the U.S. teen birth rate is higher than that of many other developed countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom (The Office of Adolescent Health, 2013). The implications of this study go to show that sex education in schools and sex awareness programs are working to
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