Pros And Consequences Of Teen Pregnancy

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Teen pregnancy has been a health issue in America for years now. Even though there has been an overall decline in teenage pregnancy throughout the previous two decades, it seems as though there are still high numbers of teens who are engaging in intercourse and becoming pregnant whether it was an accident or unplanned. A key period of sexual exploration occurs during the adolescent phase and that is when many teens become sexually active. Although sexual intercourse is common in youths, a majority of sexually active teens wish they had waited until they were older. Teens become sexually active before they are fully aware of consequences. Studies have suggested that teenage pregnancy is influenced by educational and economic opportunities. It can be assumed that there is a lacking aspect in communication within society and teenage girls. Health literacy, social networks, media, health message campaigns, and the availability of health information are several factors of communication that could potentially be causing an …show more content…
Another example of teen pregnancy on television is ABC Family’s show The Secret Life of the American Teenager (often shortened to Secret Life). The teen drama previews the life of a 15 girl who was seen as the least expected teenager to become pregnant, Amy Her decisions effect the lives of her friends and family. The show helped break the stereotype of who can become pregnant- it showed the viewers that anyone is at risk and no one is protected. According to a statement from the ABC Family production, the show, “deals honestly and directly with the consequences of an unplanned pregnancy in a non-exploitative manner and explores how the core character’s relationship with her mother, father, sister, and friends are affected… We hope the show encourages teenagers and parents to open up a dialogue about issues important to them…” (Villarreal, 2009,

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