Psychosocial Development and the Effects of Teenage Pregnancy

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Psychosocial Development and the Effects of Teenage Pregnancy
Liberty University

Abstract
An estimated 400,000 teen girls, ages 15-19 years, give birth each year in the US. In today’s media sexual activity and teen parenting is often glamorize, but the truth of the matter is the reality is harshly different. Having a child during the teen’s formative years carries the high price of emotional, physical, and financial, not only to the mother, but father, child, and community. Parents, educators, and community organizations all have a major role to play in reducing teen pregnancy.

Psychosocial Development and the Effects of Teenage Pregnancy
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(Hudson &Iniechen). “However, it has been argued that the tendency to approach teenage pregnancy as a social problem has led to an exaggeration of negative outcomes and resulted in the positive aspects of teenage motherhood being ignored. Equally it has also been argued that the presence of social support tends to ameliorate many of the negative outcomes often associated with teenage parenthood (Furstenburg & Crawford 1978; Barthet al 1983). Given that social support has the potential to improve outcomes for teenage mothers the aim of this paper is to critically analyze the literature on social support and the role this plays in teenage motherhood. More specifically it will examine the literature on three types of social support that of family, partner and peers. ” (Bunting, L., & McAuley)
Is Teen Parenthood Being Glamorized?
“For the battle to be won, teen pregnancy needs to be de-glamorized, the same way smoking has been over the past generation, said NAEA executive director Valerie Huber.” (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39759635/). When I first decided on the topic of teen pregnancy, the first question that came to mind “Is teenage pregnancy being glamorized?” There are two very

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