Teen Pregnancy : A Strong Predictor Of Early Sexual Activity Among Adolescents

1046 Words Jun 19th, 2016 5 Pages
Teen mothers come from a variety of backgrounds, yet they are disproportionately from poor backgrounds and non-white ethnicities (SmithBattle, 2006). Poverty is a strong predictor of early sexual activity among adolescents, which increases the chances of unintended pregnancy (Crooks & Baur, 2014). Even with all the best-laid plans to decrease teen pregnancy, the United States still has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the developed world (Crooks & Baur, 2014). Teenage mothers may not finish high school or may find themselves in poverty. It is important to have resources to help these mothers so that their children do not end up repeating the same cycle of teenage pregnancies and to give her the best chance at accomplishing her goals. Housing, education for the mother, education for the child, and family advocacy programs are all ways to help a young mother toward success.
Teenage mothers may find themselves moving two or more times a year. They may move in with the father of the baby, or with the father’s parents, or she may be kicked out of her parents home. Homeless and runaway adolescents have five times the risk of a teen pregnancy than that of an adolescent still living with her family (Carrion, Stasko, Earnshaw, Kershaw, Lewis, Ickovics, & Tobin, 2015). The housing situation of the teenage mother must be addressed first. Housing programs are available in New York City for low and moderate-income residence. This may seem like a good option, however in New York…

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