Essay on Effects Of Teenage Pregnancy On The State Of Florida

1583 Words Jun 17th, 2016 7 Pages
Teenage pregnancy is one of the significant reasons for high school dropouts according to the CDC, with only 50% of all teenage mothers going onto receive their high school diploma by the age of 22. Not only are teenage mothers at risk for lower school achievements, but so are their children who face a higher rate of dropping out of high school, being a teenage parent in the future, and having health problems (About Teen Pregnancy, 2016). The teenage pregnancy rates in the state of Florida are presently at an all-time low according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The rate reported in 2013 was 24.6 births per 1,000 females aged 15-19 (Florida Adolescent Reproductive Health Facts, 2015). While teenage pregnancy rates have seen a slight decline compared to past years, Florida was still ranked 29 out of 51 (50 states plus the District of Columbia) when the final numbers were prepared for 2013 (Florida Adolescent Reproductive Health Facts, 2015). Creating an effective intervention to help further reduce teenage pregnancy would be ideal in order to better help this population.

Available interventions.

When it comes to evidence-based programs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made a searchable database that is compiled of programs that have shown to be effective. These programs have been designed with the above mentioned population in mind to ensure the most effective outcome occurs. Programs such as All4You!, FOCUS, and Families…

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