Teenage Pregnancy And Teen Pregnancy Essay

1631 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 7 Pages
Teenage Pregnancy has always been an issue in the United States, according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2013 there were 273,105 babies born in the U.S. to teenage mothers between the ages of fifteen and nineteen years old. This means, the birth rate for teenage pregnancy is 26.5 out of 1000 teenage girls. Traditionally, teenage pregnancy was though to be exclusively due to poverty. However, there are multiple factors that lead to teenage pregnancy, such as peer pressure, childhood abuse, alcohol and substance use, and poverty. Roosa, Tein, Reinholtz and Angelini (1997), argue that it is necessary to identify factors that contribute to high rates of teenage pregnancy in order to create both better policies and programs in order to reduce it. Furthermore, teenage pregnancy does not just happened randomly; teenage pregnancy is influenced by specific factors, with environmental conditions being one of the most prevalent. For instance, girls who are exposed to conditions such as being unable to afford school, having limited access to resources, and those who have experienced unwanted life events, can lead to teenage pregnancy and potential limited further choices due to their inaccessibility to necessary resources. Therefore, teenage pregnancy is heavily influenced by childhood and adolescent environmental conditions.
One of the main factors that contribute to teenage pregnancy is poverty, which can be defined as an environmental condition. Edwards…

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