Teen Pregnancy

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Alicia CapellanMr. Rooney Period 1
Psychology

We’ve all seen the shows about the teen mothers ; young girls getting pregnant at young ages and having to deal with the new responsibilities being thrown at them. According to Segen's Medical Dictionary teenage pregnancy is defined as a pregnancy by a female, age 13 to 19, which is understood to occur in a girl who hasn’t completed her core education—secondary school—has few or no marketable skills, is financially dependent upon her parents and/or continues to live at home and is mentally immature. On occasion, these pregnancies are unplanned to girls who are not yet married.

No one truly understands these responsibilities unless they themselves have been put into the situation. Pregnant teenagers face many of the same obstacles as 20 and 30 year old woman. Some of the causes of early pregnancy among teenagers are lack of education especially sexual education, poverty, or problems with their family. One of the most important things is that young adults need to be educated on safe sex. Being a high school student myself , and going through countless years in health class, I could see where some kids feel they need to be taught more. A lot of schools raise the matter of abstinence and how you should wait until marriage to have sex. As lovely as that thought is, the truth is many teenagers in high school are already sexually active and should be taught ways to prevent pregnancies and diseases rather than “finding the right person and waiting until marriage.” Remember the old saying curiosity killed the cat ? Many teenagers are so curious about sex and not being taught well enough about it that they take it upon themselves to go out and find answers. Improving the sexual education departments and helping kids open up more and ask questions, could greatly decrease the number of teen parents.

Becoming a mother with a young mind is not easy. Dealing with unplanned pregnancy among teenagers is confusing and...
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