Essay on Relationship Between Delinquency And Teenage Pregnancy

1753 Words Nov 16th, 2016 8 Pages
According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, in 2011 there were approximately 562,000 pregnancies among women under the age of 20 (2016). In an attempt to determine the predictors of teenage pregnancy, there were many conceptual variables to look at. These variables include delinquency, psychological factors, and aggression. Delinquency can be defined as “crimes or other morally wrong acts, illegal or immoral behavior especially by young people” (“delinquency”, 2016). Psychological factors can be defined as “thoughts, feelings and other cognitive characteristics that affect the attitude, behavior and functions of the human mind” (“What are Psychological Factors?”, 2016). Aggression can be defined as “angry or violent behavior or feelings” (“aggression”, 2016).
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Relationship Between Delinquency and Teenage Pregnancy In the study, “Substance Use and Delinquency High-Risk Behaviors as Predictors of Teen Pregnancy Among Adolescents Involved With the Child Welfare System”, Helfrich and McWey determined if teen pregnancy was associated with delinquency and substance use using a longitudinal study (2014 A total of 683 subjects participated in this study. The target population in this study was pregnant teens involved in the child welfare system.. These females self-reported their engagement in high risk behaviors of delinquency and substance use. Substance abuse was measured by having subjects answer a 14 item questionnaire.…

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