Teenage Pregnancy Effects On The United States

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Teenage pregnancy has become an identified social problem and the focus of much concern. The United States has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the fully industrialized world. While the rates have been declining in the last fifteen years, it remains a source of concern that, nearly thirty-four percent of teenage girls in the United States are becoming pregnant at least once before the age of twenty. The teenage pregnancy in the United States rate is ten times that of Japan, four times those of France and Germany, and nearly twice that of Great Britain. Eighty percent of these pregnancies are unintended and seventy-nine percent are to unmarried teens (Davies, McKinnon, & Rains, 2001). Only a third of teen mothers graduate from high school. Eight out of ten unmarried teen moms wind up on welfare. The children of teen moms do less well in school and are at a higher risk of neglect and abuse than children born to women age twenty and older (Bissell, 2000).
Helping Hand group will be focusing on teenage mothers, ages fourteen to nineteen. The group will be providing opportunities to master normal developmental tasks specifically for the following stages: physical growth, emotional development, membership in peer groups and sexual relationships. According to Erikson’s Theory of Psychosocial Development, adolescents of this age group are at the Group Identity v. Alienation Stage (Newman & Newman, 1991). At this point, young adolescence gains an increased understanding of
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