Related Editorial. Although the pregnancy rate in adolescents has declined steadily in the past 10 years, it remains a major public health problem with lasting repercussions for the teenage mothers, their infants and families, and society as a whole. Successful strategies to prevent adolescent pregnancy include community programs to improve social development, responsible sexual behavior education, and improved contraceptive counseling and delivery.
It is a corner stone of society and a very necessary part of the social system. It is a crucial and sacred bond between two personalities merging into one for ideas, attitudes, habits and likes and dislikes. In Philippines marriage is considered a lifelong partnership.
WE refer to your report on the problem of our rising teen pregnancy of over 18, for The Star, Sept These statistics are a terrible indictment on the quality of our reproductive health policies, especially relating to teen girls. Usually, this means an abrupt end to her education, affecting future job opportunities and a fulfilling career.
Virtually all of the growth of single-parent families in recent decades has been driven by an increase in births outside marriage. Divorce rates have leveled off or declined modestly since the early s and thus have not contributed to the rising proportion of children being raised by only one parent nor to the increase in child poverty and welfare dependence associated with the rise in single-parent families. Not all non-marital births are to teen-agers. In fact, 70 percent of all births outside marriage are to women over age
Data analyses were performed with semi-structured interviews, which are not available to other researchers, due to ethics and confidentiality issues. In the last 20 years, adolescent pregnancy has become one of the most critical problems affecting women in Latin America and the Caribbean. This qualitative study was based on in-depth interviews with 29 teen mothers.
The Department of Basic Education briefed the Committee on teenage pregnancy in South Africa, specifically focusing on school-going learners. The report showed that there was a lack of vital statistics in South Africa but that overall fertility had been declining for the past fifty years. The Department stated that there was a perception in the country that there was an upsurge in teenage pregnancy, because the pregnancies were seen more often in schools, in communities and amongst those collecting the Child Support Grant.
More thanteenagers become pregnant every year and among themgive birth. Teen pregnancy is one of the rampant problems that do not have any boundary all over the world. It is an alarming social issue.
The US teen birth rate has declined by 67 percent since and 41 percent since alone. In July, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced it will cut short funding for 81 programs focused on identifying effective ways to prevent teen pregnancy, including teaching about sexually transmitted diseases, contraceptives, and abstinence. Though the United States has made improvements in tackling teen pregnancy, now is not the time to take our eye off the ball, as teen pregnancy is still more common among girls of color and has significant poverty implications. Despite the overall decline in the teen birth rate, disproportionate rates of teen pregnancy remain.
A few weeks ago, I was at my job helping a customer when a young girl caught my attention. She could not have been older than 15, and her belly was too large to be hidden. She was noticeably pregnant, and what struck me as more odd was that she was pushing a stroller with a young infant whose only word seemed to be "mommy," referring to the young girl.