The Problem Of Teenage Pregnancy Essay

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Statement of the Problem Most people say that your teenage years are supposed to be the best years of your life; Finding your place in this world, mostly carefree (with the exceptions of homework and parents), and most of all, having the least amount of responsibilities you will have before you reach adulthood. Sadly, some teens do not get to live this luxury. Many girls in this generation become mothers while they are still considered children. There are approximately 1.3 million homeless teens living in the United States right now. Out of the 1.3 million, 6-22% are pregnant girls (Finzel, 2016). If you do the math, that is nearly 78,000-286,000 pregnant girls who are homeless right now. I chose to write about this topic because I have witnessed many friends, and community members become pregnant at a young age. With government funded programs that help teen mothers learn safe sex methods, and family counseling for distressed mothers and teens, the rate of teen pregnancy would be reduced. Background of the Problem Teenage homelessness, as defined by the National Conference of State Legislatures, are unaccompanied youth who lack parental, institutional, or foster care (Finzel, 2016). Pregnant teenage homelessness has been a rising problem since the late 1980’s-early 1990’s. No one can give one reason as to why teenage mothers become homeless, as there are a broad range of categories that can lead these teens to homelessness. The most common issues that lead to
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