Teenage Pregnancy Essay

3313 Words Sep 20th, 2012 14 Pages
Teenage pregnancy – an old problem in the US, a new issue in China
Wang Yannan
Academic Writing Skills
Group 15
Dymond Ayre
October 3, 2006
Abstract
Teenage pregnancy has been a serious social problem all over the world these years. This paper discusses the teenage pregnancy rates in both the US and China. It briefly talks about the situation of teenage pregnancy in both countries. Two points are being argued: the rate of teenage pregnancy rate has declined in the US, but it remains very high; and the rate of teenage pregnancy is on the rise in China. Analysis of why the rate declines but remains high in the US and why it rises in China is also given in the paper. It is followed by a comparison between the situation in the US
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Their beliefs, attitudes and behaviors differ from each other due to different education, experiences and social backgrounds. As teenager, young people have great curiosity about mysteries in life, especially the sensitive topic – sex. Without proper education and guidance, it will be easy for them to get delusory. Thus, it may lead to unintended results, like teenage pregnancy. Teenage pregnancy occurs when a female has reached puberty and is 19 years old or younger become pregnant (Martin, 1999, para. 1). The vulnerable young people are usually those who leave in deprived areas, who are offenders or who are homeless. What may cause teenage pregnancy? It is often a result of having sexual intercourse without contraceptive use. Teenage pregnancy is always associated with poor education achievement, lack of sexual health knowledge and responsibility, social deprivation and family’s negative influence. Teenage pregnancy can bring a lot of problems. First, it is bad for teenagers. Since they are not physically or mentally prepared, pregnancy may bring serious health risks to them. In addition, most teen moms can not finish their high school or higher education since they have to take care of their babies. Moreover, statistics show that 81% of births among teens are unmarried (Endersbe, 2000a, p. 40). This indicates that most teen moms will have to suffer single parenthood. It will be very difficult for them to raise their children, because they do

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