Teenage Sexuality Essays
In different countries, there are different social attitudes about sex and premarital relationships. This influences an adolescent’s decision making process concerning sex and …show more content…
Across the world, teenagers make up a significant portion of the population. In most developing countries, adolescents account for just under 25% of the population. This means that a large number of young women in their reproductive years are at a high risk of becoming pregnant. Teenage births count for almost 10% of births worldwide (Alan Guttmacher Institute, 8) and about 1 million teen pregnancies per year in the United States (Luker, 135). In 1972, 25% of 10 million US teenagers were sexually active. As contraceptive use was increasing, so was the number of sexually active teens. Twelve years later, the number of teens had decreased by 10%, but the number of sexually active teens had nearly doubled. These numbers demonstrate the significance of teenage sexual activity and urgency to implement strategies to defer unwanted pregnancies.
The majority of adolescents reported that they did not intend to become pregnant or that they wanted a baby. In the United States, 73% of 15-19 year old women stated that their pregnancies were unplanned and in Asian countries, 22-41% of teenage pregnancies are unintended