Essay about Teen Pregnancy Declines : The American United States

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Teen Pregnancy Declines: The Influences in the United States.
Teen pregnancy has been a growing dilemma in the United States for many years. In today’s society, it is common to see a teen that is pregnant, whether it is in your high school class or a stranger at the local mall. When asked, most girls say that they did not plan on getting pregnant. These girls not only suffer from physical effects of pregnancy, but suffer from emotional effects too. Some plan to keep the baby, give it up for adoption, or sometimes even get an abortion. Some of the consequences of being a teen mom include: not graduating high school, unable to maintain a job, and possibly unable to further education in a college. It may look like teen pregnancy is on the rise, but it actually isn’t and has taken a plundering decline since 2008. Sarah Brown, the chief executive officer of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (2010), expresses that “the rates are down in all 50 states, down among teens of all ages, and down among all racial/ethnic groups” (p. 14). Teen pregnancy declines in the United States can be correlated to the following influences: unemployment rates, media effects, and ongoing trends of contraception in teens.
Unemployment Rates
To start with, in 2007, unemployment rates in the United States were at a dwindling low of 4.6 percent, but then skyrocketed to 9.6 percent in 2010. It is thought that as unemployment rates increased, the number of teen pregnancies…

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