Social Issues of Teenage Pregnancy Term Paper by Nicky

A qualitative research study based on an interview with a pregnant teen.
# 151111 | 1,536 words | 8 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 22, 2012 in Child, Youth Issues (Teen, Adult Issues) , Sociology (General)

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The primary goal of this paper is to allow the participant, a 16-year old Caucasian who is 26 weeks pregnant, the opportunity to share personal accounts of her experiences which will help to better understand the social issues of teenage pregnancy. The paper discusses three main themes that emerge from this qualitative research study that are consistent with the general population: she repeated the past behavior of her mother; she had an absentee father; and her unplanned pregnancy was due to the use birth control. The paper also points out that unlike the general population of teens becoming pregnant, the risk factors of not participating in school activities and low academic expectations did not appear to be contributors in Jenny's situation. The paper notes the limitations in this research and asserts that a more comprehensive approach to reducing adolescent pregnancy is needed.

Repeating the Past Behavior of Mothers
Absentee Fathers
School Activities and Performance Were Not Factors
Study Limitations

From the Paper:

"A girl is more likely to become a teenage parent if her mother gave birth in her teens. (East & Jacobson, 2001). Perhaps the early pregnancy of their mothers sends a mixed message about the appropriateness of the time in one's life to have sex and to bear children. Further, the mother is a role model for the daugher; someone she looks to for how to behave and what to strive to become. This certainly seems to be the case with Jenny whose mother was only 17 years old when she gave birth to her daughter. On this situation and her mother's attitude towards her daughter repeating her own early pregnancy, Jenny says, "Yeah. She understands. I mean everything pretty much I've went through I've followed in her footsteps. Not meaning to. But it seems like I'm a repeat of her (laugh)."
"Father-absent girls are about five times more likely in the United States to become pregnant as adolescents than are father-present girls (Ellis, Bates, Dodge, Fergusson, Horwood, Pettit, & Woodward, 2003). Perhaps the teenageer is seeking a replacement for their father's affection by becoming intimate with their boyfriend and some may even view a child as a source of the unconditional love they are missing in their lives. Jenny had originally lived with her dad, but his remarriage damaged the relationship with his daughter and left him out of her life before the pregnacy."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Creswell, J. (2003). Research design. London: Sage Publications, Inc.
  • East, P. L., & Jacobson, L. J. (2001, March). "The younger siblings of teenage mothers: a follow-up of their pregnancy risk". Developmental Psychology 37 (2): 254-64.

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