Teenage Pregnancy as a Societal Problem

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TEENAGE PREGNANCY AS A SOCIAL PROBLEM

Submitted to
Dr. Gwenetha Pusta
University of Santo Tomas
Sampaloc, Manila

In partial fulfillment of the requirements
for the degree of Communication Arts
in the Faculty of Arts and Letters

Bernabe, Christine Melissa M.
4CA1

Absentee parents
Absentee parents
Celebration of sex and pregnancy by the media
Celebration of sex and pregnancy by the media

Curiosity
Curiosity
Uneducated about the consequences of sex
Uneducated about the consequences of sex

Early exposure to lascivious acts
Early exposure to lascivious acts
Pressure of taking the relationship to the “next level”

Pressure of taking the relationship to the “next level”

Peer pressure
Peer pressure

Immaturity
Immaturity

Low self-esteem
Low self-esteem

TEENAGE PREGNANCY

Do you remember when you were a little girl and you were playing with your dolls and were very fond of fairytales and were feeling giddy about when your Prince Charming will come? Yes, we’ve all been through it. We’ve all been that little princess in a cute, puffy, pink dress, swirling gracefully around the room asking mom and dad how they met, what true love is and how you were born. But what happens when our Prince Charming came too early, that little girl became a big girl too fast, innocence became lost in this big, mean world that is distant from the kingdom in a land far, far away and you never got the happily-ever-after that you so imagined in your head?

Celebration of sex and pregnancy by the media
In this day and age, teens have become too dependent to technology that they never really get the chance to experience life as it really is. They spend most of their day sending text messages to their friends, holding that controller and playing computer games, or having their eyes glued to the television screens watching Serena Van Der Woodsen or Aria Montgomery in their favorite teen dramas. But what if these television programs, or even movies, that they are spending countless hours watching are sending the wrong messages to them subconsciously that they would not even notice that they too are adapting the kind of culture, morals and ideas that these female protagonists have?

The issue here is that most of the teen dramas that are very popular to the teenagers today have incorporated kissing, or even engaging in sexual intercourse as if it is not a big deal and as if it is a casual, natural action between two teenagers with no considerations of the consequences whatsoever. Another problem with the treatment of the media with sexuality and pre-marital sex is that they present it in a manner that, if shown to adolescents, would seem “cool” or the thing to do to become popular. Anyone who is observant enough of the way sex is treated in teen dramas and “chick flicks” would notice that media really is celebrating and sugar-coating it, making it seem like the one who gives up her virginity the earliest is the coolest, hottest and most popular girl.

Absentee parents
When parents are not around much, the teens would most likely turn to their friends for support, attention and learning about the twists and turns of life. There’s nothing wrong with seeking advice from friends, but what the adolescents do not realize is that their friends are also still young – and they still do not have the wisdom and maturity that comes with age to be giving directions and “suggestions”. It should be their parents they are talking to about such things.

Yes, it may be awkward and uncomfortable for both parties, but that is where the frequency of spending time together would come in. If the parents do not have time to listen about how their children’s day went, to talk about how theirs went and to just...
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