Teen Sex and Pregnancy - Why It Hurts Society
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This paper introduces and analyzes the topic of teen sex and pregnancy, specifically focusing on how teen sex and pregnancy can affect so many lives. The paper continues by showing how each year adolescent sexual activity becomes more of a concern especially with the debate on abortion/birth control, and how it ultimately negatively affects society. The paper further discusses teen use of birth control and also examines the messages society and the media give teens about sex. Additionally, the paper shows how minority teens still have higher rates of unwanted pregnancies. Risk factors for adolescent sexual activity is discussed in light of promiscuous behavior. The paper concludes by citing the many problems that are a result of teen sex, specifically unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
From the Paper:"Teens are growing up at a time when their bodies are changing, their minds are growing, and their hormones are raging, and that means, teens are going to explore sex whether the rest of society likes it or not. The good news is that pregnancy rates have dropped and more teens are using some kind of birth control if they do engage in sex. A statistical report notes, "The U.S. teen pregnancy rate (the number of pregnancies per 1,000 females aged 15-19) decreased 28 percent between 1990 and 2000, dropping from 117 pregnancies per 1,000 females aged 15-19 in 1990, to 84 per 1,000 in 2000" (Editors). The same editors report that about 98 percent of teens engaging in sex use some kind of birth control, and that most of those teens use birth control that will also guard against diseases like HIV/AIDS (Editors). That means more teens are aware of the risks associated with teen sex, and not just teen pregnancy."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Editors. "U.S. Teen Sexual Activity." Kaiser Family Foundation. 2005. 18 Nov. 2008. <http://www.kff.org/youthhivstds/upload/U-S-Teen-Sexual-Activity-Fact-Sheet.pdf>
- Nichols, Sharon L., and Thomas L. Good. America's Teenagers--Myths and Realities: Media Images, Schooling, and the Social Costs of Careless Indifference. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004.
- Sabia, Joseph J. "Early Adolescent Sex and Diminished School Attachment: Selection or Spillovers?" Southern Economic Journal 74.1 (2007): 239+.
- "Teen Sex Linked to Early Friendships." USA Today (Society for the Advancement of Education) Apr. 2003: 7+.
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