An introduction is presented.
Teenage pregnancy has been the subject of much concern and attention since the 1950s. The impact teenage pregnancy has on girls’ lives and on their children is what drives the ongoing concern. Recent demographic studies show that teenagers in developed countries such the United States are less educated, have lower incomes, and have worse life outcomes than children born to young women. A teenage pregnancy is one that occurs between 13 and 19 years old. Teenage pregnancy can occur in girls as young at ten years old who are sexually active. The majority of teenage births in America are between 15 and 19-year-old girls. Adolescent birth refers only to girls who can get pregnant and give up their babies. Human history has been plagued by concerns about the ideal age for a young woman to give birth. There are, however, two different views that can be used to explain teenage pregnancies. Some researchers and authors believe that teens’ pregnancy is a public problem because it has less to do about public health than it does with their social, cultural, and economic status. This article will include many bibliographic references. This article will cover all aspects of teenage pregnancy and childbearing. The number of teenage births to American mothers peaked at 100 per 1,000 teenage girls in the mid-1950s. In 2010, the number of live births by teenage mothers in America dropped to 34 per 1,000. This was a record low rate of teenage births since 1946. The live births of teenage mothers fell to 29.4 per 1000 in 2012. This represented a 13.5 percent decrease from 2010. This was a drop of 13.5 percent from 2010. The rate of pregnancy among girls aged 14 and under is approximately 7 per 1000. Only half (3%) of these pregnancies led to live births. Despite this decrease in teenage pregnancy, around 820,000 (34%) teenage girls in America get pregnant each year. Unintended pregnancies account for 85 percent. These pregnancies indicate that teenage pregnancies are not about the number of births or pregnancies but rather the causes and consequences of these pregnancies. A general overview of teenage pregnancy is given to help you better understand the subject. The related topics provide a comprehensive overview of the critical factors that affect teenage pregnancies. This article will also cover topics that offer a comprehensive view of teenage pregnancy’s perceptions and responses.
Overviews of the general topic can be found here.
The complex issue of adolescent pregnancy has many causes. Teenage pregnancy, a normal human event, is not a good fit for modern society. It has been used as a proxy in cultural wars. On one side of the debate, religious and political leaders employ cultural and moral norms and public opinion to promote public policy and prevent teenage pregnancy. To begin, Martin, et al. 2012 gives national vital statistics about teenage pregnancy. These larger issues can be viewed by Leishman and Moir 2007. The United States’ teenage pregnancy statistics are described by demographic studies done by organizations such as the Alan Guttmacher Institute. (Alan Guttmacher Institute 2010.) Many teens are convinced that teenage pregnancies and their results are a serious social problem. Another side to this debate is presented by groups such the World Health Organization. (World Health Organization 2004). This represents the arguments of medical professionals and public health specialists who view teenage pregnancy as part of human development and mental needs. Children’s Aid Society (USA); Healthy Teen Network (USA); Center for Population Options (USA); Advocates for Youth (USA); National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy., Parenting and Prevention.
State-level prevention of teen pregnancy; other organizations that consider teen pregnancy as part of their range of interests and services. Mollborn, et al. Mollborn et al. (2011) outlines other important aspects of teenage pregnancies (race, poverty, religious influences) that can help explain why teenage pregnancies are considered problematic in certain circles. However, the association between teenage pregnancy, social disadvantage, and other factors is not limited to the United States. Harden, et al. 2009 reports on poverty’s impact on teenage pregnancy in the United Kingdom. This phenomenon does not exist in isolation to the United States or Great Britain. Holgate, et al. Cherry and Dillon 2014 give a detailed overview of teenage pregnancy worldwide. Jiang, and others complete this overall overview. This article, Jiang, et. al. (2011) describes a pragmatic national effort in improving the sexual and reproductive well-being of all adolescents. Professional journals and monographs published by international and national health and development agencies that focus on specific countries and regions as well as the global trends in teenage pregnancy are great sources of information.