Teen Pregnancy in the United States Essays

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Teen Pregnancy in the United States
Introduction
Teen pregnancy falls into the category of pregnancies in girls age 19 or younger (NIH). Although statistics have shown a decrease, the number of teen pregnancy in the U.S. is still relatively high compared to the rest of the world. Sexual health is one of the top priorities in early adolescence health in the United States. Consequences of having sex at a young age generally results in unsafe sex practices. The consequences can be due to the lack of knowledge about sex education, and access to birth control/contraception (NIH, 2005). Due to the lack of knowledge and access to birth control, adolescents involve in risk taking when they start to explore sexual intimate relationships.
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Teenage mothers who did performed poor in academic, at an economic disadvantage, have a history of sexual abused in childhood and were raised by teenage parents were more likely to have a baby at a young age. Different racial and ethnic cultures/perspectives can also affect teen pregnancy. The risk factors do not play equally in every teen pregnancy case.
Mothers who performed poor in academic and have a lower educational level can both play as risks factor in teen pregnancy. According to Finer & Zolna (2014), the percentage of pregnancies for those who are not high school graduates yet had the highest percentage of unintended pregnancies. This statistic of those who are not high school graduates yet were compared to high school graduates, some colleges, associates and college graduates. The percentage of unintended pregnancy in not high school graduates were 54% compared to 31% of those who have college degrees. The results showed that the number of unintended and intended pregnancies in not high school graduates and high school graduates keep on increasing from 2001-2008, while the number of unintended and intended pregnancies in college degrees keep on decreasing from 2001-2008. When income is compared, there is a large disparity in the rate of pregnancies. For those who are in a household of income under 100% of the federal poverty line, the
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