15 April 2013
Teen pregnancy is one of the most popular topics everywhere today. The United States has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the western industrialized world. (Kendall, 2011, p. 495) Teens today have the mindset that “I’m just having a baby not a nuclear weapon”. This is ok with them and they go on about their everyday lives as if nothing can interfere with them. Oh my do they have an eye opening even headed their way. Through this report the readers will be informed about teenage pregnancy and how it affects the lives of teenage girls and the reasons behind such an increase in the United States.
Everyone in the United States knows that the economy has affected people and families all over the nation. Families to have more stress with trying to survive in today’s struggling world. Teenagers have a tough road ahead of them when they are faced with an identity crisis and things aren’t going so well at home. Parents often put teens on the back burners so to speak because while parents are struggling parents also think that teens are almost grown adults and they can take care of themselves. Quite the contrary actually, most teens still need guidance from parents because this is when teens are torn between still needing that say so from mom or dad and needing that independence. If parents pay close attention to their teens they can actually see the boundaries being stretched by their teenage sons and daughters and really needing that input to say “that’s far enough” or “your almost there.” The primary reasons for high rates of teenage pregnancy cannot be pointed to one particular thing or situation. (Kendall, 2011. P. 495) Parents are not talking to their teens about sex is a major factor because teenagers need to know what can happen when they have unprotected sex. Not only getting pregnant or getting someone pregnant but also sexually transmitted...
References: Kendall, D. (2011), Sociology in our Times, (8th ed.). Wadsworth/Cengage Publishing,
Boyd, D. & Bee, H. (2012). The developing child. (13th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
Krueger, L. (2011), Teen pregnancy and parenting, (1st ed.). Greenhaven Press, Farmington Hills, MI
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