The Problem Of Teenage Pregnancy

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Like Amy and Loeber (2009), when it comes to the ecological paradigm of teenage pregnancy, Corcoran, Franklin, and Bennett (2000) also believe one’s socioeconomic status is a huge factor that contributes to this problem. A person’s socioeconomic status a lot of times determines “education, expanded family size, single-parent household structure, and lessened resources in terms of employment and income.” These three authors claim that educational performance and goals “dictate the potential costs of child bearing at a young age.” Their studies have also shown that teenage girls’ relationships with the school setting and poorer performance in school serve a greater risk for adolescent pregnancy. Corcoran, Franklin and Bennett (2000) confirm, “being part of a single-parent household seems to act as a risk factor for early pregnancy.” Among singe-parent households, “conflict within the family, stress, and less monitoring and control of children” occurs, which the authors say can increase the risk of teen pregnancy. In addition, “teenagers experiencing family problems might be more at risk for influence by a negative peer group” that could potentially lead to motherhood at an early age. They also claim “support is indicated for parental control over teen activities as a protective factor against teenage pregnancy” that a lot of times isn’t found in single-parent homes.
Bentham (2012) not only considers a dysfunctional home background, but also inadequate parenting as “key…
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