Teen Virrency : The Core Causes Of Teenage Pregnancy
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Teenage pregnancy is defined as an unintended pregnancy during adolescence (Langham 2015). It is one of the many ways a tenagers’ course of life can greatly change. Although the increased teaching about contraception has reduced the number of adolescent pregnancies, the rate is still substantially higher. Approximately 750,000 of 15- to 19-year-olds become pregnant each year, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, though many teenagers do not believe that they will get pregnant if they engage in sexual activity (Langham 2015). These facts cause one to wonder why so many young girls become pregnant at an age when they apparently should not be.
Research shows issues many teenager go through, such as peer pressure, absent parents, glamorization, lack of knowledge, teenage drinking, and sexual abuse are the core causes of teen pregnancy (Citation). During adolescence, many teenagers feel the need to fit in and many times let their friends influence their decision to have sex when they do not entirely understand the consequences associated with the act. They have sex to feel cool and sophisticated, but the result in some cases is an unplanned pregnancy. 33% of pregnant teens stated that they thought that they were not ready for a sexual relationship, but proceeded anyway because they feared ridicule or rejection. Studies show that teen girls are more likely to get pregnant with limited or no guidance from parents. Many parents