Factors of Teenage Pregnancies

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Teenage pregnancies have suddenly become an epidemic in our generation. This resulted to teenage mothers dropping out of school and ending up on welfare, barely able to support their child. In worst cases, teenagers who give birth die through the ordeal, as their bodies are not prepared to handle childbirth. So why do teenage girls get pregnant? There are a number of causes to why this is so. Firstly, teenagers themselves are responsible for the increase of teen pregnancies. The lack of knowledge, carelessness and lack of self-esteem are major attributes to why more teenagers are in sexual relationship. Secondly, these unfortunate attributes have been influenced by many other factors. These factors include the media, peer-pressure, lack of education and lack of parental guidance. In today’s generation media is cheering on early sexual activity amongst teens by promoting a demeaning view of women. It emphasizes on sex and improper depiction of women, and as a result an increase of underage pregnancies occurring. Media convinces girls to take a dutiful role in their sexual relationships. Boys, in contrast, may come to interpret thoughtless male sexual behaviour as ‘boys being boys’ and dismiss their partners’ feelings and welfare altogether. Wonder how much these negative messages are affecting teens? “A new study shows that 12- to 14-year-olds exposed to the most sexual content in movies, music, magazines, and on television were 2.2 times more likely to have had sexual intercourse when re-interviewed two years later than their peers who had a lighter sexual media diet.” (Warner, Jennifer). Therefore showing that media has a great effect on today's generation. The second factor that causes teens to have sex is peer-pressure. Many teens, especially boys, feel pressure to have sex before they are ready. “One in three boys ages 15-17 say they feel pressure to have sex, often from male friends. Teen girls feel less pressure- only 23% said they felt such pressure.”...
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