Black Teenage Pregnancies
An examination of the some of the factors leading to the rise in teenage pregnancies and abortions in the black community.
# 26967 | 994 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on May 22, 2003 in Child, Youth Issues (Teen, Adult Issues) , Sociology (General) , African-American Studies (General)
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This paper discusses how some portion of high teenage pregnancy and abortion rates is attributable to the consequence of sexual activity at an earlier age, while another portion is due to increases in age at marriage and how both trends have increased exposure to the risk of unintentional pregnancy. It analyzes how this trend is especially high in the black community and how it can be attributed to such factors as poverty, conflicting messages on sexuality and the lack of contraceptive services help explain these trends. It looks at some of the responses to the problem such as the development of programs in many middle and high schools of sexuality education programs designed to delay the onset of sexual intercourse.
From the Paper:"Many researchers focus on family influences on adolescent sexual behavior, and communication between parents and their children about sexual issues has been one important research area. Some studies show that parental discussions on sexual matters either delay the first sexual experience or encourage contraceptive use among adolescents, but others show no effect. In fact, some studies suggest that communication with parents may encourage sexual behavior. Studies show that these relationships depend on factors such as who reports the communication, whether the parents hold traditional or liberal attitudes, the sex of the adolescent, which parent conducts the discussion, and whether the outcome is sexual debut or contraceptive use (Rubinson 235)."
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