College of Nursing
TEENAGE PREGNANCY TREND
IN POBLACION BACON, SORSOGON CITY
Sheena Angela B. Diolata
Professor Emee I. Tomenio
"HUMAYO KAYO AT MAGPAKARAMI!!"
GOD told to NOAH after the great flood. What does He really meant with that word? Does He mean to multiply in flesh or spread people's faith? Teenagers in 21st century are very impulsive and very eager to try new things and stuff. We are civilized people yet we pretend to be ignorant when it comes to sex. Ignorant that teenager may have the possibilities to be engaged in sexual activity by the time they reached the age of 16, or even younger and worse, get pregnant Pregnancy is a gift. The baby is a miracle, a great gift and treasure from God. Pregnancy is not a sin neither a crime. It is merely a result of a consummated relationship; pregnancy may not be planned by man but has long been laid out in the perfect plan of our Creator.1 Pregnancy is a maturational milestone that can be stressful but also rewarding as the woman prepares for a new level of caring and responsibility. Pregnancy during the teenage years however, is a bombastic situation, one that comes unexpected. For a teen facing unintended pregnancy, the physical, emotional and spiritual issues can seem overwhelming.2 The sexual revolution has ushered in a period in which the average adolescent experiences tremendous pressures to have sexual experiences of all kinds. Filipino teens get a higher exposure to sex from the Internet, magazines, TV shows, movies and other media than decades ago, yet without any corresponding increase in information on how to handle the input. So kids are pretty much left to other kids for opinions and value formation when it comes to sex. Adolescence is a period when there is the resurgence of instinctual drives brought about by biological and physical changes of puberty and reflects the transition period from childhood to adulthood. Behavioral manifestations include elements of both stages. Generally, there is little stability as to adolescent moves from crisis to crisis, which are brought about by various libidinal drives. Dynamic explanation of adolescents are described as having unpredictable behaviors for example, strong and mature at times, yet regressing to using defenses used in childhood.4 In the Philippines today, teenage pregnancy is among the ubiquitous occurrence. Some 16.5 million Filipinos belong to the 15-24 year old age group. We are forced with a glaring truth that at a very young age, a lot of young people today have children of their own. 30 % of all births belong to this age group; and by the age of 20, 25% of the youth are already mothers. Statistics show that every year at least 64,000 teenagers have abortions, and those are statistics from a country where abortion is illegal. The Forum for Family Planning and Development Inc. (FFPDI) said that the steady increase in the incidence of teen pregnancies in the country in the past few years has reached an “alarming stage.” “The problem lies in the government’s sincerity in addressing issues about population growth and reproductive health,” Benjamin de Leon, FFPDI president, said in a news briefing in Quezon City on Tuesday. The age of the childbearing couple may have a significant influence on their physical and psychosocial adaptation to pregnancy. Normal developmental processes that occur in both very young and older mothers are interrupted by pregnancy and require different type of adaptation to pregnancy than that of the woman of typical childbearing age.3 The pregnant adolescent is at high risk for having physical complications such as premature labor, iron deficiency anemia, eclampsia as well as numerous psychological crises. Teenage mothers are at a higher risk of poverty, inability to maintain a stable job, ending up in abusive homes, having children who...
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