The Effects Of Teen Pregnancy On The United States Essay

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The purpose of this policy analysis paper is to assess policies within TANF that foster the issue of preventing teen pregnancies in the United States. Teen pregnancy affects the lives of young females in the United States on a socio-economic, emotional, and societal level each year and continues to be an ongoing issue with little effective solutions.
According to Clemmitt (2010) the steady increase of teen pregnancies since 2005 are contributed by various factors including lack of usage of contraceptives and less fear of AIDS, and conforming to the cultural norm of having children at a young age. As a profound issue, the history of teen pregnancy involves it becoming a social issue in the 1950’s. During this time, rates of teen pregnancy were at their highest and as social awareness and education has been implemented throughout the United States along with prevention campaigns, there has been a steady decline in teen pregnancies. However, the statistics involving teen pregnancy continue to be problematic and has contributed to poverty among young women. (1)
For the past several decades, the United States has been faced with the problem of teen pregnancies. Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 are high at risk where approximately 9% of them get pregnant each year. The problem has been so severe that over 850,000 teens become pregnant each year(4). The policy is intended to provide assistance to all teen girls that are high at risk for becoming pregnant and that may…

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