Teenage pregnancy has long been acknowledged as an important health, social and economic problem in the United States, one that creates hardships for women and families and threatens the health and well-being of women and their infants. Unintended pregnancies span across age, race and religion, with a specific negative impact among the teenage population. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC, 2016) In 2015, a total of 229,715 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years, for a birth rate of 22.3 per 1,000 women in this age group. Birth rates are also higher among Hispanic and African American adolescents than any other race. In 2014, Hispanic adolescent females ages 15-19 had the highest birth rate of 38 births per 1,000
Despite the fact, that our teen pregnancies rates have declined over different parts of the United States, there remains a steady rate among Mississippi’s teens. Mississippi has one of the highest rates in the United States and has failed to implement an effective plan that will confront and eliminate teen pregnancies. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (U.S. HHS), “when compared with children born to older parents, children born to teen mothers are more likely to have poorer educational, behavioral, and health consequences throughout their lifespan” (Negative Impacts of Teen Childbearing, 2016). Therefore, this paper will outline our nation’s teen pregnancy history, but most importantly, evaluate teen pregnancy in Mississippi, the implementation of our current teen pregnancy plan and conclude an outlining of a social policy plan that could possibly decline numbers and other social issues as well.
Dating back to the early 2000’s, over 1,000,000 teens a year have had children during high school (Source A). Teenagers are depending on others to rely on their children and not the effect of their education and their future career. As the years tick by, the teen pregnancy rate has reduced a solid 9%; becoming the lowest rate in over a hundred years (Source A). Since teen pregnancy has dropped and the amount of tax dollars have increased, the fight to find the time and place for their children's own education, is still a matter of struggles (Source
The United States of America is known for many of its outlandish and outrageous statistics in comparison to other countries. Statistics regarding obesity, homicide rates, and political issues have displayed many of the nation?s weak points. However, the amount of teen pregnancy has become so excessive that it is becoming a cry for help and a statistic that is greatly standing out and can no longer be ignored. In 1999 about one million teenagers experienced a pregnancy. This rate was twice the amount in England, Wales, and Canada and nine times greater than that of the Netherlands and Japan. About 78% of these American teenage pregnancies were said to be unplanned.
Teen pregnancy has always been an issue and even with the decrease in the last few years New Mexico continues to be the highest ranked state (The office of adolescent health). Teen pregnancy is an issue because the proper information is not being given to sexually active teens. Not only can teens become pregnant from being sexually active but they can get sexually transmitted diseases as well. Teens between the ages of 15 to 19 are not informed of the emotional and physical support needed if they become pregnant. Teens that become pregnant at a young age generally don’t finish high school making it even harder to support themselves and their new responsibilities of being a parent. There are many resources available to teens such as the teen
Teen pregnancy continues to be a problem in America even though the CDC documents a decrease from 2007-2009 in all racial groups. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d.). Reducing the number of pregnancies in teens 15-17 is a core indicator identified by Healthy People 2020 to assess the status of adolescent health. Children born to teens are at risk for health concerns from being of low birth weight and having poor prenatal care such as delayed development. (Magness, 2012). Repeat pregnancy, dependence on welfare, and poverty are some of the results of adolescent pregnancy. Teen mothers tend to have health problems such as hypertension, and anemia and are at high risk for early delivery. Magness looks at the issue from the teen’s viewpoint and discusses the idea that some teens become pregnant to provide stability in an otherwise chaotic life and can gain maturity from the experience. Emphasis on continuing their education after delivery can prevent repeat pregnancies. Lack of productive or positive social activities or guidance can leave room for a teen to indulge in risky behavior to occupy their time. Peer pressure and influence from present day norms can cause teenagers to give in to early onset of sexual activity (Kirven, 2014). Finding after school or extracurricular activities can promote a healthier self
The teen birth rate in New Mexico has declined by 35 % over the last decade. However, New Mexico is the second highest teen pregnancy in the nation. Unintended pregnancies within our community of Las Cruces, NM have evolved into a public health issue within the Dona Ana County. The goal for the community of Las Cruces, NM is to build a public health program that will help reducing unintended pregnancies among teenagers. By establishing a prevention program, our purpose is to educate teenagers on the planning their pregnancies. This project will increase the number of desired and healthier babies.
An ongoing epidemic in the United Sates is teen pregnancy. In America, our society is run down by many problems. Most are caused by the older generation, but this problem has risen with the younger generation around the age of 15-19. The peak of the teen pregnancy trend started in 1990 when 60 teen girls out of 1,000 had a teen birth ("About Teen Pregnancy.”). For every 1,000 females in 2013, on average only 27 out of the 1,000 had gone through teen birth ("About Teen Pregnancy.”). Over the years, it seems that the trend is winding down and that less and less teens appear to becoming pregnant. In 2013, the teen pregnancy rate decreased by 10% since 2012 and 57% 1990 ("Teen Birth Rate | The National Campaign.”).
Unintentional pregnancy can be difficult to handle, but an unintentional teenage pregnancy can alter the entire life of the teenager. Teenage pregnancy affects a large number of females in the United States, and Alabama has one of the highest rates. There are specific factors that make the youth of Alabama more vulnerable. The citizens of Alabama need to join together and be knowledgeable about why our youth is at such a high risk and how it can be changed. There is always a way to make a difference and the nurses in this community need to stand together and educate on ways to make a change.
Today, society’s approach towards the topic allows teenagers to be sexually active without rebut or disapproval. Teenage pregnancy has become a grand concern in the United States. However, the discussion is for the state of New Mexico and its shocking ranks and statistics. Because of the increasing large rate of teen pregnancy throughout New Mexico, the NM Department of Health and Department of Education must collide to inform all teenagers, parents and communities about the struggles and consequences of an unintended pregnancy in a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Day. Many of the young couple or teens all participate without consciously thinking of the consequences. Also, they do not consider how it may affect the community, economy, society or
How many pregnant teens have there been? Over the years more girls are becoming teen moms. In Oklahoma teen pregnancy has become a problem. Recently Oklahoma has had a pregnancy rate of 47.5% (Tulsa World). Not only is it an issue in Oklahoma but an issue in the United States as a whole. The lack of awareness and how to prevent pregnancy is a reason to blame for the increasing numbers. The more we don’t make people aware of the increasing teen pregnancy rate and how to prevent then the numbers will continue to rise into an astonishing amount. Helping teens know of the different ways to prevent pregnancy can make an enormous difference in teen pregnancy. The issues that have an effect on teen pregnancy rates have been to the use of
Many of Carrollton young people are missing the opportunity of being educated. They are choosing to become parents at a young age before getting an education. Teens are ignoring the fact that education is here to help them and not harm. “The teen dropout rate of high school for pregnant teens is about 60 percent…” (“Teen Parenting”). I see teenagers dropping out of school before they enter into the ninth graded According to Teenage Pregnancy and Poverty “a third of teen mother achieve a high school diploma and that
"Teen pregnancy in the United States: In 2015, a total of 229,715 babies were born to women aged 15-19 years old, for a birth rate of 22.3 per 1,000 women in this age group. This is another record for U.S. teens and a drop of 8% from 2014. Although reasons for the declines are not totally clear, evidence suggests these declines are due to more teens abstaining from sexual activity, and more teens who are sexually active using birth control than in previous years. Still, the U.S. teen pregnancy rate is substantially higher than in other western industrialized nations, and racial/ethnic and geographic disparities in teen birth rates persist (cdc.gov)." As teenagers (in the United States), we are peer pressured or tempted to try new things. Some teens tend to try out drugs, and alcohol. However, some are having unprotected sex in which, is leads to having babies. This is called, teenage pregnancy. This has caused the United States to create records based off of the statistics and facts given from, researchers across the United States. In order to help prevent teenage pregnancy in the United States, teenagers must understand why, having a baby now isn’t such a smart move on their part.
The teen pregnancy rate had decreased by the maximum of about 55 percent. Most teen birth rates had also gone down about 64 percent, but yet teen pregnancies and birth rate for teenagers ages 15-19 in the U.S still remains one of the highest comparable countries. Due to parenthood, most of teen moms drop out of school. More than 50% of teen mothers never graduate to get their diploma. Sexually active teens that don’t use any type of protection has a 90 percent chance of becoming pregnant within a year, 84 percent of teen pregnancies are unplanned.