Choices have consequences, and when itcomes to teen pregnancy, I believe that teenage years are one of the mostvulnerable ages that human beings have to deal with. Teenagers are constantlymaking illiterate mistakes in all aspects of their lives. They are trying tofit into society, they are dealing with peer pressure, they feel insecure; theyfeel that they are not pretty enough, so to make them feel confident they makedecisions without thinking things through beforehand. Teenage childbearing hasmodest, which is easy to cause these sorts of situations in everyday life, butsignificant negative effects on early socioeconomic outcomes. Teen girls do notbecome aware of the outcome of having sexual intercourse and then eventuallysomeday they will face their consequences. The social economic problems thatmost pregnant teens are facing are persistent poverty, as well as dropping outof high school. To continue, the United States has one of the highest teenpregnancy rates especially here in the Rio Grande Valley.
Being a “newcomer”parent is the leading reason that teen girls drop out of school. Only aboutfifty percent of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by twenty-two yearsof age, whereas approximately ninety percent of women who don’t give birthduring teen years graduate from high school. It is accurate that more thanfifty percent of teen mothers never graduate from high school. Also, child abuseand neglect have become a big problem when becoming a teen mother. Teenage mothers exhibithigher rates of child abuse than older mothers do. According to the PEWcharitable trusts, Hispanics current teen pregnancy rate is forty-two birthsper one thousand, and ten percent declined since twenty twelve.
Other factorssuch as lower economic status, lack of social support, and high stress levelscontribute to the link between young parents and child abuse. Each year childabuse and neglect occur. There are many reasons why teen mothers who are notmentally stable hurt their children. Teen mothers may have a myriad of tasksand sometimes those tasks are hard to handle. In2014, there were 24.2 births for every 1,000 adolescent females ages 15-19, or249,078 babies born to females in this age group.
iNearly 89 percent of these births occurred outside of marriage.1 The2014 teen birth rate indicates a decline of nine percent from 2013 when thebirth rate was 26.5 per 1,000.1 Theteen birth rate has declined almost continuously over the past 20 years. In1991, the U.S.
teen birth rate was 61.8 births for every 1,000 adolescentfemales, compared with 24.2 births for every 1,000 adolescent females in 2014.Still, the U.S. teen birth rate is higher than that of many other developedcountries, including Canada and the United Kingdom.2iiTeens who have babiesare having to much stress at home because I know that being a parent is arigorous task. Being a parent, means that you have a lot of responsibilities,and one of those responsibilities is to make sure that your baby is well takencare of.
Also, teen mothers have stress in school because taking care of a babymay distract them from focusing in class and taking care of assignments.Sometimes, depression may hit a young mother, young mother may feel thisinstant when doing everything alone. Sometimes when having violence in arelationship, mostly give their anger towards babies.
There many solutions tothese kinds of problems. Sexual abstinence, this method is a really safepractice which it protects people from getting any sexual transmitted diseases.Teaching sex education to emphasize the importance of abstinence which willprevent any teen girl going through any phase to be pregnant at the mostvulnerable age. According to teen pregnancy, we have to promote the use ofprotection. In order to have protective sex, it is necessary to have condoms toprevent from getting sexual transmitted