Teen pregnancy is the term used when an underage girl become pregnant, usually refers to girls from 13-17 years old. There are no easy choices in teen pregnancy. As the problem continues, teen pregnancy become a serious social issue.
Statistics Teenage pregnancy remains a huge problem in many countries. About 16,4%teen pregnancies happen each year 80% of these teen pregnancies are accidental 50% of the pregnancies end up in abortion
Teen pregnancy statistic of some countries on 2008
Cause #1: Lack of education on safe sex Many teenagers are not taught about birth control or how to handle peers who pressure them to have sex before they are ready. Solution: Parents shouldn’t hesitate to discuss about safe sex with their children. Schools can also provide sex educations for students.
Cause #2: Poverty The rate of pregnant young women from low income families are higher than those who come from middle and upper income families. In the areas of economic disadvantaged, contraception is not available. Solution: Low income families are often associated with low education. Therefore, parents should try as much as possible to put their children into school
Cause #3: Low self-esteem Girls who have low self-esteem or depressed may have the desire to do sexual activity in order to make themselves feel better. For them, doing sexual activity may give them warmth and remedy. Solution: Detecting girls with depression or serious problems during their adolescence period. Do consultations if necessary.
There are 41 new teen moms every month in Bali
A children institution in Yogyakarta took care of 6 teenagers for their pregnancy
Teen pregnancy in the US
US teen pregnancy rates are higher than those of other developed countries 52,1%
After more than 10 years decline (1991-2005), the rate of teen pregnancy rise again (3% from 75.4 per thousand)
It costs $7 billion annually public assistance, child health care, foster care, lost tax revenues and involvement with the criminal justice system
Global Awareness American reporter opinion on Indonesian teens: An American reporter said that Indonesian teenagers are so free, exceeding the freedom in his country. Before joining the “Journalist Visit Programme”, Indonesia as a country with Moslem majority population would be a country that stick on religious principles, ethics and morals. Indonesian and American lifestyles are not much different
With proper communication and education, the number of teen pregnancies can be drastically reduced. The unstable emotion and the curiosity of teenagers are common, but with a wider knowledge on sex and teenage problems, the number of teen pregnancies may be reduced.
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