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Teens Having Babies Essay

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Babies Having Babies

Even though the teen pregnancy and birth rates have dropped by one-third over the past decade, teen pregnancy in the United States is a growing problem. According to data by the National Center for Health Statistics and other official data, one in three girls still become pregnant by the age of twenty (Brown lines 1-3). In the United States one million adolescent girls become pregnant every year causing the U.S. to be the leader of the developed world in teen pregnancy. One in four of these teen girls will have a second baby within twenty four months and in 1997 a survey showed that only one in ten of these unwed mothers, ages fifteen to seventeen, received child support from the father (Sad but True lines 1-3). As…show more content…

Teens who have a close bond with their parents are more likely to remain abstinent, use any type of birth control, have less partners, and wait longer to have sex (59). The parents supervision, communication, connectedness, and the parents' attitudes and values about teen sex are all a key role in preventing or prolonging sex for their teens (59-60). When drinking or doing drugs, teens usually also have to face whether or not they should have sex (62). Teens are more more likely to give into the pressures of sex, alcohol, and drugs and when young adolescents are under the influence they do not think of the consequences of having sex (63). Federal and state surveys show that many adults are the fathers of nearly two-thirds of the babies born to these teenage mothers. The Alan Guttmacher Institute did a survey that showed shocking results that thirty nine percent of fifteen year old mothers had fathers of their babies that were twenty or older, seventeen year old moms had fifty-five percent of adult fathers to their babies, and nineteen year old moms had seventy-eight percent of adult fathers to their babies (65). These five factors play a huge role in teens becoming pregnant and unless something is done today, it may never stop. In addition to the roles playing in teen pregnancy there are also groups for complex problems with adolescent pregnancy and parenting. In particular, they

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