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After years of decline Teen Pregnancy is on the rise. Why?

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you! I’m continuing my discussion on issues that affect teenagers and this week I’m talking about teen pregnancy.

According to the CDC the teen birth rate rose by three percent in 2006. (This is the latest year that information is available).

This surprised me. I mean with all the birth control options available how could this happen?

I started to research this and according to Planned Parenthood the rise can be blamed on abstinence-only sex education programs. Of course, this blew my mind. Abstinence-only sex education programs? Isn’t this moving backward?

So I dug a little deeper and found that the Busch administration funded the abstinence-only sex education program and according to Heather Boonstra from the Guttmacher Institute, it’s reasonable to conclude that this type of sex education program is not effective.

Sigh. I should have known the government was behind this in some way! LOL! J Just kidding! J

Because of this rise in teen pregnancy President Obama has changed his funding protocol. He has decided to fund comprehensive-sex education programs.  That’s a good thing. In my humble opinion knowledge is power.

But truth be told, no birth control method is 100% effective. So the best way to prevent pregnancy is abstinence. Wouldn’t you agree?

Researchers have found that abstinent teens are far more likely to attend and graduate from college than those who are sexually active. They also found that these teenagers are less likely to suffer from depression.

So what can parents do?

According to the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health by Robert Recker and Kirk Johnson at Heritage Foundation, there are eight behavioral traits that are inborn, but can also be taught and reinforced. These are listed below.

  1. Future Orientation with a focus on long term goals.
  2. Willingness to postpone current pleasures for larger future goals.
  3. Perseverance, as in the ability to stick to a task or commitment.
  4. A belief that current behavior can positively affect the future.
  5. Impulse control, including the ability to control emotions and desires.
  6. Resistance to peer influence.
  7. Respect for parental and social values
  8. Sense of Self Worth and Personal Dignity.

These traits can be encouraged by parents and reinforced in schools. And in my humble opinion it’s best to start practicing them when they’re young. The reason I feel this way is that if you start doing this at a young age, by the time they’re teens these behaviors have become habits. J And we all know habits are hard to break. J

**I would like to thank the CDC and US News for some of the information provided in this blog post. J

Author:

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

7 thoughts on “After years of decline Teen Pregnancy is on the rise. Why?

  1. Love that you are blogging teen problems. I work in a high school after three years of working at a jr high and I really felt like no one was looking at or listening to these kids! You have researched this topic very well and I think it will do a great deal for so many when they read it. As a mother of a 17 year old I went at this subject from every angle. There is no perfect solution but knowledge and cleaer, honest communication are the key! Great job, can’t wait to read more of your blogs!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! I bet you could give us a lot of insight since you work in a highschool! Stop by any time to share your words of wisdom!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate you taking the time to read my post and I hope you got something out of it! If there’s anything you’d like me to blog about, just let me know! 🙂

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