Teen Pregnancy And Teenage Pregnancy Essay

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Teen Pregnancy while it can be a controversial topic; it is a major part of our culture. There are many people who look down upon pregnant teens rather than giving them the support they need. Teenage mothers have many obstacles that the average married, adult parents do not face. Many teen mothers are unable to get a higher education and have a higher risk of being unemployed in adulthood. Stress and Depression is also higher in teen mothers than other teens and adult mothers (Collingwood 2014). Contrary from public belief however, teen pregnancy has been steadily decreasing over the past few decades as shown in statistics from the United States Health and Human Services (HHS 2014) and the Centers for Control of Disease and Prevention (CDC 2011 and 2014). Media content and the reality shows have also proven to result in declines in teen pregnancy (Kearney 2014).
In a study done by the United States Health and Human Services, it can be easily shown that since 1990 the teen birth rate has declined at a fairly steady rate. The HHS defines a teen birth as a birth from adolescent females ages 15-19. Most recently the HHS claimed, “In 2013, there were 26.6 births for every 1,000…or 274,641 babies born to females in this age group”. In 2012, the birth rate was 29.4 per 1,000 indicating a 10 percent decline. (HHS 2014) This is a massive decline in teen births from 1991 when the U.S. teen birth rate was 61.8 per 1,000 adolescent females. (HHS 2014) The teen pregnancy is much…

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