Teenage Pregnancy

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Data was collected by the researcher name to numerous to mention in the community of Portsmouth which is situated in the northern area of the island of Dominica. It is a rather large community with a population of 5,000 persons.

This topic chosen for the research was no other than the effects of teenage pregnancy on the teenagers of the community of Portsmouth. This particular topic was chosen by me because it was part of the SBA choices and this type of problem is very important in the researcher’s community.

The researcher once every week visited the health care center and observed that most of the pregnant women who attended check up were teenagers. Teenage pregnancy can be best defined as becoming pregnant during the ages 13-19.

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1. Do you think that Teenage Pregnancy is a problem?

Yes □ No □ Not Entirely □

2. Do you think Teenage pregnancy affect the level of education in the community of Portsmouth?

Yes □ No □ Not Entirely □

3. Do you think Teenage Pregnancy affects the individuals level of education

Yes □ No □ Not Entirely □

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This method of investigation used was by a set of distributed questionnaires.

Questionnaire:

This method of investigation was chosen because it allows the researcher to collect information from a large number of persons over a short period of time. Also the researcher does not have to be present with the answerer so that the individual would not feel intimidated by the researcher presents.

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The instrument which was used to collect data was questionnaires.

EXAMPLES OF QUESTIONAIRES:

1. What do you think are the causes of teenage Pregnancy?

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2. Do you think that Teenage Pregnancy is a problem?

Yes □ No □ Not Entirely □

3. How does Teenage pregnancy affect the community of Portsmouth?

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4. Do you think Teenage Pregnancy affects the individuals level of education

Yes □ No □ Not Entirely □

5. What are the effects of Teenagers being Pregnant in Portsmouth?

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To collect data the researcher distributed fifteen (15) questionnaires to thirty (30) persons from the age 13 and above in the community of Portsmouth. The researcher informed the respondents on the purposes of the questionnaire and allowed them to keep the questionnaires for no longer than one (1) day.

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[pic] Age range of respondents.

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Fig. 1: Show the age range of the respondents, most of the persons who answered the question were once teen age mothers. The majority of the individuals consisted of six (6) persons range from 16-20 years. Next was 20-35 with a total of three (3) persons

Fig. 2: Shows the highest level of education that the pregnant teenagers have obtained. Eleven (11) respondents indicated that they only obtain education till CXC level, five (5) reached O’levels, three (3) A levels and one (1) common entrance

Fig. 3: This illustrates the percentage of the occupations which the respondents have. The majority of individuals were students gathering a total of 36%; secondly we have an equal percentage of House wife and commercial at 20%. While domestic at 15%. 9% was neither Student...
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