Teenage Pregnancy And Effect On Teenage Mothers

2129 Words May 13th, 2016 9 Pages
There are differing stigmas of teenage pregnancy, which can affect teenage mothers. Teenage mothers face the risk of not being accepted by their peers and community. Acquiring a position in society, that is often the subject of negative criticism and judgment, can profoundly impact teenage mothers (Luttrell, 2014). This research paper will analyze teenage pregnancy stigmas and how they can impact young mothers. This paper will include a literature review, analyzing adolescent sexuality and behavior, teenage pregnancy and motherhood and perceptions of teenage pregnancy. Lastly, recommendations for future practice will be discussed.

Background
The Australian teenage fertility rates, have been on the decline for many years. In 2014, there was approximately 9,204 teenagers giving birth in Australia (ABS, 2014). In 2006, in South Australia alone, 982 women aged 15 to 19 had abortions (ABS, 2014). These kinds of statistics, mean there is still a large amount of teenage mothers that require support and assistance. This paper will look at making recommendations in practice and service development. The paper includes: examining statistical information and reviewing literature and research.

Literature Review
Adolescent sexuality and Behavior
In industrialized countries, the age of onset of sexual intercourse is said to be declining (Currie, 2012). In Mitchell, Patrick, Heywood, Blackman, and Pitts (2013) Australian survey, 2,000 students were surveyed from year 10, 11 and 12,…
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