Changes During Teen Pregnancy

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Throughout class we have discussed the changes that occur throughout adolescence. Some of these changes are natural while others occur by choices made by the adolescent. One topic that was thoroughly discussed in class was that of teen pregnancy. To gather a better understanding of what could occur during teen pregnancy I watched an episode of the MTV show “16 and Pregnant.” The episode I decided to watch was called “Millina.” The episode follows a 17 year old girl named Millina from Harrison Township. Which is a city just outside of Detroit Michigan. We come to learn early that her parents are divorced, and her mom is a drug addict who has been in and out of jail for 5 years. As a result of this, she can’t live with her mom. She views her …show more content…
One of the typical aspects I noticed off the bat was when Millina was talking with her friend Haley about her possible regrets she has about her situation. During this conversation she told Haley that she regrets not believing in birth control and not using it. This misunderstanding and sometimes ignorant view of contraceptives sought by teens can often lead to unplanned pregnancies. This could also be due to lack of education about safe sex, which leads into another aspect I noticed. Millinas mom and dad were not there for her much throughout her life. Her mom was in jail often due to drug addiction, and her dad was distant after their divorce. It was correlated in a study that mother-daughter communication about sex, and the possible risks, positively affect ones sexual behavior (Hutchenson, K. Jemmot, J. Jemmot, Bravermon, Fong, 2003). This of course did not happen, and Millina ended up becoming rebellious and partied a lot due to her family situation. Since her Mom was in jail and her dad was distant, Millena had a lack of supervision. Not having a role model to look up to, and being surrounded by drugs and alcohol is not a good environment for an adolescent. Millina admits to being around drugs and alcohol when she was often partying into the morning, and even admits to being drunk when she made the decision to not have protected sex with Trevor. Drugs and alcohol often play a …show more content…
One atypical thing I noticed at first was the extent to which Millina didn’t want any help offered from some of the adults. This was unique in her case because one would think that you would want all the help you can get, epically from older adults who have raised a child before. In Millinas case however, she was limited in the help offered, and didn’t feel comfortable with Tina being alone with Caden. Another atypical situation I noticed was how her dad supported her in an odd way, which was stressing to her not to accept help from the adults and to do everything herself. I would think this is the best way to go about the situation, but in her case it wasn’t an odd request because of everything going on with her mom and Tina not being very fit to look after a baby. One last atypical aspect of her situation was how much she despised Trevor’s mom. Usually if you have a baby with someone, you should like their family or try to at least like them because they will hopefully be a big part in your life in the future. This however was not the case for

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