Teenage Pregnancy And Family History Of Teenage Births

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Teen pregnancy is when females under the age of 20 become pregnant. It is considered to be a colossal problem in most countries. The prevalence rate is increasing for some countries i.e. USA and Sweden. Whereas, in some countries it is showing a downward trend i.e. Canada. Many studies have been conducted to find out why teen pregnancy occurs and how it can be prevented. Saewyc, E. M., Magee, L. L., & Pettingell, S. E. (2004). Teenage Pregnancy and Associated Risk Behaviors Among Sexually Abused Adolescents. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health Perspect Sexual Reprod Health, 36(3), 98-105. Doi:10.1363/3609804. This study examines the relationship between sexually abused adolescents and teen pregnancy. Risk factor includes anything …show more content…
L., Reyes, B. T., & Horn, E. J. (2007). Association Between Adolescent Pregnancy And A Family History of Teenage Births. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 39(2), 108-115. Doi:10.1363/3910807.This study measures the relationship between teen pregnancy and family history of teenage birth. History of teenage pregnancy is one of the risk factors highlighted. Studies have shown that if someone was a teen parent, their offspring is at a greater risk of becoming one as well. Other risk factors mentioned include poor socioeconomic status, mother’s disposition and relationship with the siblings. The sample of this study comprised of 127 Latina and Black adolescent females. Comprehensive surveys were conducted thrice between 1994 and 2000 to evaluate the relationship of the participant with her sister and mother. There were multiple problems with this study. Firstly, the sample size as relatively small and unrepresentative as the findings can’t be generalized to White adolescent females. Secondly, information was collected during 1994, when the rate of the teen pregnancy was increasing, so it can’t be used to assess teen pregnancy now since teen pregnancy rates have gotten comparatively lower. Lastly, the study didn’t include male participants who have family members who became teen fathers. So it’s hard to assess if they’ll be more likely to become teen fathers or not. The strength of the study would include the method of collecting data, since it was gathered directly through self-report; the information is dependable and precise. The results show that females who have a family history of teen pregnancy are more likely to be teen mom themselves, compared to females who don’t have a family history of teen pregnancy. If the female participant wasn’t close to her sister, she had a significantly less chance of becoming pregnant. There are practical implications of this study. Firstly, there should be recreational programs within the community, i.e. a

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