The Problem and Its Background
Teen pregnancy is a crisis that concerns the baby, parents, other members of the family, as well as resources of the community. It had been said that awareness is the first step to prevention. Teenage pregnancy is one of the biggest social issues that society faces today. We have decided to do a research about the level of awareness of the students about pregnancy for various reasons, for one, Nowadays, the percent of early pregnancies climbs up in an alarmingly high rate. It had made us curious of why the rates are going up, another reason is that there are people we are related to, friends with, classmates and neighbors that are going through teenage pregnancy. Our main suspicion is that it happens because of curiosity, peer influence, pressure in relationships and lack of parental supervision. I for one was never given “the talk” of “the birds and the bees”. Our family is a firm believer that mating was only allowed to happen once you were married, so it is safe to say that we consider pre-marital sex a big no-no. I didn’t even learn much about sex education of safe sex guidelines in high school, mostly because I had studied in a catholic school and some of the teachers there considered the talk of sex as taboo. Most of what I know now comes from my friends in college, television shows and of course, the internet. There is a rising trend of young women becoming mothers at an early age which brought the country to a shocking state. Teenage Motherhood has greatly affected the lives of young women, nowadays. As for the reason of such an early problem, we will know that later in this research. Teen childbearing inflicts far reaching long-term disadvantages on the mother, her child, and society. In general, teen births have negative medical, social, and economic outcomes including high risks for premature birth and low birth weight for infants, infant mortality, childhood illness, reduced educational and employment opportunities for teenmothers, increased welfare dependence for mother and child, impaired cognitive development for the children, increase in childhood behavior problems and poor academic performance, and increased risk of child abuse. Teenage pregnancy is the result of teen sexual activity. Some teens find it as an entertainment or a pass-time activity this is why teenage sex is done. Teen pregnancy happens when teenagers, out of their curiosity and boredom, have sex and then with them having that activity without knowing the outcomes and the proper way of doing it. Some teenage girls that have sex are careless about this issue while boys take advantage of these careless attitudes of girls and later on, discover that they have done a mistake that will bring them early parenthood. The reason most of them are violent, or act rebellious and do stupid things is because they are not getting any proper guidance. They think and pretend that that they are already responsible enough to handle this kind of problem while in reality, they are not. This is why proper guidance is a must especially, for those teens that grew up having and enjoying too much freedom. This addresses unplanned teenage pregnancy from a human-rights-based perspective. Many programs focus only on the negative aspects of young people's sexual and reproductive health; putting rights at the centre of teenage sexual health avoids treating adolescents as a homogeneous collection of discrete problems.
Taking a rights-based approach to adolescent sexual and reproductive health encompasses the inter-relationships and complexity of factors influencing choices and decisions. In this, we explore the meaning of a rights-based approach and examine its implementation in the provision of sexuality, education and health services. It is a story that may not be too pleasant, but one that is repeated all too often: teenage pregnancy. Some 16.5 million Filipinos belong to the 15-24 year old age group. We...
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