The Problem Of Teenage Pregnancy

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Introduction
Billions of dollars are spent annually to address consequences facing teens that are sexually active (Carlson & Tanner 2006). Yet forty percent of all women will become pregnant before the age of twenty and only half of them will actually deliver the baby (Kirby 2007). Out of that 20%, 82% of those pregnancies were unintended (Kirby 2007). Teenaged parents are more likely to drop out of high school, will not go to college, and the mother more than likely becomes a single parent (Kirby 2007). Children who are born to teenage parents are more likely to have a less supportive and less stimulating home environment, lower cognitive development, behavioral problems, and will most likely have a child when they are a teenager (Kirby 2007). Though there are some exceptions, this becomes a never ending cycle for these teenagers from generation to generation.
Most people begin to have sex in their teenaged years (Carlson & Tanner 2006). Out of all industrialized nations, the United States has the highest teenage pregnancy and birth rate (Gibson 2010). Educating youth about sex is very essential to not only preventing STDs, STIs, and HIV but also in preventing unwanted teenage pregnancies (Gibson 2010). Many teenagers are engaging in sexual activity beginning as early as 6th grade (Somers & Surmann 2005). Many teenagers do not carefully or consistently use a contraceptive which increases their chances of becoming pregnant (Kirby 2007). Have we failed our youth by not…
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