Teen pregnancy is a social problem that affects the
entire community. It is important to examine the root
causes of this problem, the effects this problem has
on our society and the individual, and some of the
possible ways of combating this problem. The causes of
teenage pregnancy is not only the fault of the
individual. There are a myriad of causes that give
rise to teenage pregnancy these include family,
community, and social dysfunctions. The negative
consequences of teenage pregnancy affects the child
involved, the mother, the tax payer, and the father.
Every step should be taken to battle this problem.
There is no single solution to this problem. It is up
to the individual, the family, and community to take
necessary measures to prevent teen pregnancy.
There are many causes of teenage pregnancy on the
individuals part. For one, the need to participate in
high-risk behaviors such as smoking, drinking and
drugs influences this social problem. Teenagers
sometimes are pressured by their peers who influence
them to have sex, and because they don't want to feel
left out they engage in it. Poor school performance or
lack of future goals sometimes create an atmosphere
that opens the door to sexual activity. This is
because teenagers sometimes feel a sense of
hopelessness an isolation to towards the world around
them. The overall poor decision-making skills, and
self esteem of a teenager sometimes leads to teenage
The family on a whole has a major influence on
teenage pregnancy. Some homes lack fathers or other
responsible male role models. This can affect the
teenager because they might seek this type of love
from another teen which leads to teenage pregnancy.
Mothers who were themselves teen mothers may influence
their children. There is often ineffective modeling
and reinforcement of family values in the home. Some
parents struggle with appropriate parenting skills,... Continues...