Teenage Pregnancy

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In today’s rat-race society, teenage pregnancies are becoming serious. The figures of infant dumping cases recorded are increasing annually. Teenage pregnancy is defined as a teenage girl who conceives between the ages of 13-19. Statistics show that 14 million children are born every year to young married or unmarried woman. There are various causes, effects and solutions for teenage pregnancy.

Firstly, the main cause of teenage pregnancy is the lack of awareness among teenagers themselves. This is directly linked to the neglect of parents to these teenage girls by not educating and monitoring them properly. With the availability of maids, parents fail to check on their children’s whereabouts and activities. These children, deprived of information about sexual intercourse and precautionary methods, are often influenced by friends and mass media which could offer misled information. Lack of parental attention also causes teenagers to indulge in social activities such as clubbing which is where intercourse often occurs with the individuals being barely conscious. Parents, who often put work as priority, neglect their children’s development. They often assume that the school will properly educate, failing to realise that they are important educators particularly in terms of moral development.

Next, teenage pregnancy will cause teenage girl to stop schooling due to embarrassment and social rejection. These teenagers often flee home fearing to face their parents. Raising a child at such a tender age is a formidable task and being forced to work prevents them of an education and a good future. According to Kids Count, a project by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, “The failure to go further in school can limit the mother’s employment options and increase the likelihood that she and her family will be poor.” The infants born too are raised improperly and are denied of basic needs. Their development...
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