Social Psychology Of Teen Pregnancy

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If you scroll through T.V. channels you will see shows or movies such as Secret Life of an American Teenager, Juno, Teen Mom’s, or even the Pregnancy Act. All shows which are centered off the theme of pregnant teenagers. The idea of teen pregnancy has become an epidemic that is sweeping modern society and social media. Now more than ever, teen pregnancy is portrayed through television as glamorous, which has made it more acceptable. In my high school if you became a pregnant young woman you automatically became popular, guaranteeing a spot on the Homecoming Court. Since teen pregnancy is okay among their peers, I wanted to test and see if adults are more accepting as well. I was also curious to see if people’s reactions when confronted by a …show more content…
Role Theory was the first theoretical perspective I realized. Since most of the people I spoke with were mothers they played the role of a mother while talking to me. I appear still child like so some of the women felt as if it was their role to comfort, guide, and counsel me through this because my own mother was not there. One women I spoke to clamed me down after I repetitively expressed how I am confused and don’t know what I am doing. She told me, “You are now a mother. Mothers can do anything. Just believe in that. You will know exactly what is best for your child. I know you can do it! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.” Naturally, this mom stepped into the role of an encouraging mother figure to me because it appeared my own mother was absent. Reinforcement Theory also was represented in the experiment as well. Primarily, Negative Reinforcement came up. People may have thought by helping me they were encouraging a behavior or a situation they may have not agreed with. I wonder if the rude women who looked at my stomach multiple times was contemplating this same negative consequence before she decided if she would help me or not. The last example of a Theoretical Perspective from the experiment was Cognitive Theory. Each person I spoke to, rather rude or kind participated in Cognitive Theory. There were many …show more content…
The first term is Differential Association Theory. This is true because the older people would define being pregnant as a deviant act, while other people did not thing it was wrong, instead they desired it. For example the young middle school age girl who was extreme excited for me being pregnant, while all the old people did not agree with it. Helping and Altruism were key concepts that kept coming to mind. While talking to people I was trying to figure out if they were helping me or are being altruistic. Some people were helping just so they don’t appear to be judgmental or to feel helpful. There were other altruistic people who were sitting there talking to me just for my benefit, not their own. The last and most prevalent to each person I spoke to was the observer bias. The people I spoke to no matter the variable saw me in the “there and now”. Which left a lot of room for them to make assumptions on how I became pregnant, my age, and my situation. Self-preservation also made an appearance with the male who stood next to me for the experiment. The male was extremely embarrassed to stand next to me and even pretend that he had anything to do with the pregnancy. Although we both knew it was not real he could not handle people to view him in a certain

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