Teen Motherhood And The Rise Of Teenage Pregnancy

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Over the last decade, the number of teenage pregnancies in the United States has been on a steady decline. Television shows like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom are using the media as a platform to have open discussions about pregnancy preventions and young motherhood. While teenage pregnancy is decreasing, it is still high. It is very important to educate teens and young adults on young pregnancies and the effects on themselves and their children. Children who are born to teenage mothers are faced with struggles in their lives due to higher risks for birth defects and health issues, education struggles, and the likelihood of teenage pregnancies themselves.
A child from a teenage pregnancy has a higher probability of suffering from a number of
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When a parent does not complete their education, it is common for the child to follow that example. “Only about two-thirds of children born to teen mothers earn a high school diploma, compared to 81 percent of their peers with older parents” (Postcard). To set a child up for success, the parents need to set a good example for them by finishing school.
The level of a parent 's education can physically affect the the brain development of a child. “The higher a parent’s education level, the smaller their child’s amygdala was, which is a region involved in processing stress” (Olson). In other words,when a parent has a high level of education, the child’s brain will be able to process stress better than a child born to a parent with less education.
“Researchers measured the size of 1,099 children and adolescents’ brains, between the ages of 3 and 20 years old, with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. After recording the surface area of their brain, they compared the size to their parent’s education, age, and ancestry. Mom and Dad’s income level and education levels had the strongest influence on a child’s brain size, although income had the biggest impact of them all”
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Seeing a good relationship at home will help the child to develop good relationships at school and on the playground. “8 out of 10 teen parents don 't end up getting married to each other and children who live apart from their fathers are 5 times more likely to live under the poverty line than children with both parents at home” (Godfrey). Teen parents often end up split from one another and become single parents. It is important for the parents to find good role models for the child even if the parents do not stay together. This could be a relative, friend, neighbor, or new spouse. Providing a child with steady relationships and high achieving adult role models will help to succeed in their own

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