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Teen Pregnancy in the U.S.A.

Updated on September 21, 2012

In today’s society, teen pregnancy has been on a steady incline. There are many factors that can help explain the increase of teen pregnancy in the United States. Some of these factors are peer pressure, the environment, media, parents, emotions, hormones, etc. In the next few paragraphs, I’ll explain how and why these factors play an important role in teen pregnancy.

Peer pressure is the biggest factor that has affected teen pregnancy in the United States. The opinions and words of others can affect our actions and thought process. In general, people want to fit into society, which results in people believing the words of others. Adolescents are the most common group of people that are affected by peer pressure. Adolescents are affected by peer pressure because of friends, cliques, and school. Adolescents tend to let the thoughts of others affect what they do and how they act because they want to connect with others.

Another factor of teen pregnancy is the environment. The environment influences teenagers because teenagers don’t want to be embarrassed about doing something that is different than the social norm. In this way, teenagers conform to what the environment shows us is the right way to handle situations, dress, act, talk, etc. Some teenagers don’t listen to people or what the environment tells us to do. These teenagers are categorized as being “outsiders” or “gothic people”. These people are given these names because they are deviants, who don’t follow social norms. These teenagers don’t conform to peer pressure because they follow their own rules and own interests.

A third factor of teen pregnancy is the media. The media contains the radio, television, newspapers, articles, internet, and magazines. The media portrays a huge role in society. The media shows society what we should aspire to look like, what our careers should be, how we should be successful, and many other things. The media is a huge part of society showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The media entertains society and persuades society into thinking we should buy necessities that we don’t actually need. The television show “Teen Moms” is making a horrible impression on teenagers in this generation. This program shows teenagers that having a baby is a good thing to do at a young age, but when in reality having a baby at a young age is a bad thing to do. There are more responsibilities, financial problems, and school conflicts, when you decide to have a baby at a young age.

A fourth factor of teen pregnancy in the United States is parents. Parents play a huge roles in the lives of their children. Parents are here to set examples for their kids and to prepare them for reality. A parent that is abusive and angry all of time might push their child into doing drugs, having sex, becoming a rebellious individual. These teenagers act out their anger that has been done onto them by their parents. Some teenagers do not have parents that are there to guide them throughout their lives. These teenagers are either in a foster home or an orphanage. These teenagers feel lonely, forgotten, and are probably looking for someone to tell them that they care about them. Therefore, females look to males for support and love, when in the end, females end up having a child.

A fifth factor of teen pregnancy are emotions. Emotions control how we think and handle certain situations. Instead of listening to our brains that constantly tell us that something is wrong, we listen to our hearts. Females are more emotional than males because of hormones. Therefore, females tend to be easily persuaded and pressured by males to do inappropriate acts that females would not normally do.

A six factor of teen pregnancy are hormones. Hormones are chemicals that are sent to cells in the body that alter the way the cell functions. Hormones in females and males sometimes control how we act and what we say.

Overall, all of these different factors combined contribute to the steady incline of teen pregnancy in the United States. Whether it is parents or the media, there is always a cause that leads to an effect. These factors or causes will always be reasons why teen pregnancy is increasing in the United States.


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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @leslie Im glad that you found this inspiring

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      leslie 4 years ago

      yes inspiring

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      @DDE thanks for reading my article about teen pregnancy. I feel that it is an important issue that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Teen pregnancy is on the increase almost worldwide and really is a problem in many families. prevent such pregnancies is most difficult especially if parenting is poor as well. You have made good points here. Voted up!

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      Dan Harmon 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      There are many and varied reasons for teen pregnancy, just as you point out, and that is a part of why it is so difficult to prevent. We really do need to put a lot more effort into solving this problem; it won't go away by saying "Don't do that!".

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      thank you for reading and enjoying my article

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      Dora Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      I agree with your reasons for the increase of teen pregnancy in the United States. We have to do whatever we can to educate the teens against falling prey to this unwanted condition. Voted Up!