The Problem with Teenage Childbearing in the United States

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Teenage childbearing is serious social problem in the United States. The rates of teen parenting are at is lowest, but the numbers still remain an issue. Teen parenting has been associated with negative outcomes for the parents and their children. Many teenage parents and their families are unaware of the disparities when becoming a teen parent. With outcomes of teen childbearing being identified, teen pregnancy prevention needs to be further addressed. Addressing teen pregnancy and methods of prevention will help strengthen families and promote healthy development in the future. Evidence- based teen pregnancy programs, parent involvement, and community involvement need to be implemented to help decrease teen pregnancies and rates and sexual risk behaviors; a comprehensive approach would be the most beneficial for youth.

Over the last two decades teen birth rates have declined, however the rates of teen births remain to be higher in the United States than any other developed county. Teen birth rate is the number of births per 1,000 mother’s ages 15 to 19 years old. Teen parenting has been associated with many negative outcomes for teen parents and their children. Low rates of maternal education, low incomes, single parenthood, and subsequent births are some of the negative outcomes for teen parents. Children of teen parents also have negative outcomes associated with poor school performance, higher risks of child maltreatment, higher incarceration rates, and an
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