Children Having Children
Raising children is a difficult proposition under the best of circumstances. Unfortunately, females can become pregnant at an age when they have not yet developed the emotional and mental skills necessary to properly care for children. When teen pregnancy happens, the impact on society is felt by all. Teen pregnancy has a social, economic and health impact on society. Teen pregnancy has a social impact on society. Pregnant teenagers often lose their commitment to education, putting them at risk for drug abuse. According to Amy Klauke, “Drug and alcohol abuse is also linked with dropping out of school.” Nationally, only 40% of teen mothers who have a child before they turn18 ever graduate high school as compared to about 75% of young females who wait until they are 20 or 21 (Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy). Dropping out of school can create feeling of depression, according to the Partnership Editorial Staff, “Depression is a common antecedent of adolescent drug abuse….” Also, teen pregnancy can result in child abuse, which has harmful effects on society. Teen mothers lack the maturity and training in basic human development skills resulting in the likelihood of them becoming abusive parents. For instance, teen mothers will tend to follow the examples of abusive child rearing set by their parents, which is not a healthy alternative. According to Sara Park Scattergood, “Essentially, too few children in our society are being prepared in any way to care for the next generation competently. The consequences could be devastating for their children” (Scattergood). The social impact of teen pregnancy on society is the potential of teen mothers to abuse drugs and their children. Likewise, teen pregnancy has an economic impact on the society. Teen pregnancy cost large sums of money in taxes and loss tax revenues. “Teen childbearing in the United States costs taxpayers (federal, state, and local) at least $9.1 billion,”...
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