Essay Teen Pregnancy Prevention

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The rise of the teen pregnancy rate has caused us to question the effectiveness of the prevention programs that are offered to adolescents. There have been several programs focused on preventing teen pregnancy from abstinence-only to more comprehensive sexual education programs. Abstinent-only advocates believe that abstaining from having intercourse is the only way to prevent unwanted teen pregnancy. While practicing abstinence is the only 100% secure method of reducing this rate, it is not a logical view. Adolescents will continue to have sexual behavior, and it is important in teaching them more precise education when it comes to sex education. With-holding important information and facts about sexual behavior can …show more content…
Daughters of teen mothers are more likely to repeat the cycle and themselves become teen mothers (Card, 1999). Following a steep decline in the 1990s and a flattening out in the early 2000s, the U.S. teen pregnancy rate increased among all ethnic and racial groups between 2005 and 2006. Earlier research had documented that the significant drop in U.S. teen pregnancy rates in the 1990s was overwhelmingly the result of more and better use of contraceptives among sexually active teens. However, this decline started to stall out in the early 2000s, at the same time that abstinence- only programs were becoming more widespread, teens were receiving less information about contraception in schools and their use of contraceptives was declining (Boonstra, nd). Not only does teen childbearing have serious consequences for teen parents, their children, and society it also has important economic consequences. Teen pregnancy is closely linked to a host of other critical social issues-welfare dependency and overall child well-being, out-of-wedlock births, responsible fatherhood, and workforce development. Helping young women avoid too-early pregnancy and childbearing-and young men avoid
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