The Problem And Its Impact On Teen Pregnancy

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Teen Pregnancy in the United States

Teen pregnancy in the United States has been an ongoing issue for well over 50 years. The United States ranks first amongst developed countries in teen pregnancy rates (See Table 2). Approximately 750,000 teenage girls between ages 15 and19 will become pregnant every year (Do, 2014). Statistics show that of the teen population that will become pregnant annually, only a small percentage complete their high school education, much less fulfill a college degree. In fact, about 38% of teenage mothers who have a child before the age of 18 will obtain a high school diploma (The National Campaign, 2014). In addition, less than 2% of young mothers (those who had a child before age 18) will obtain a college degree by age 30 (Why it Matters, 2012).
Contributing Factors of Teen Pregnancies
There are various factors that contribute to increased teenage pregnancies in the United States such factors include: race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. However, low socioeconomic status corresponding with single marital status is determined to be a frequent risk factor for teenage pregnancy. Teenage pregnancy has also been correlated with increased poverty rates for young mothers; this is especially true for single mothers. Studies have determined that un-wed-single teenage mothers are more likely than their childless peers to be impoverished during their lifetime. Overall, population studies have estimated that…

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