Because teenage pregnancy affects so many people, it is receiving a great deal of attention in the United States as well as in other leading nations. Teaching young people that sex before marriage is not acceptable does not prevent pregnancy. Recognizing that teen’s sexual behavior is a crucial part of their development will lead to honest and accurate information about sex. This will help teens express their sexuality in safe and healthy way. Therefore, prevention strategies should be created that address the needs of sexually active teens. Males should also be included in prevention strategies. Young males are often overlooked when it comes to preventing teenage pregnancy, although their roles are just as important as females’ roles. Teenagers who become pregnant are at a higher risk for serious complications during childbirth. At the same time, male’s socioeconomic status should be taken into consideration. Young fathers are usually poor, less educated, and often times involved in other risky behaviors. All of these factors should be taken seriously when dealing with teen pregnancy because teens having children can be a serious problem.
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Kawamata, A., & Roundtree, R. (2005). When Children Have Children: Teenage Pregnancy. Perspectives In Learning, 6 (1). Retrieved from http://csuepress.columbusstate.edu/pil/vol6/iss1/12