Teen pregnancy & parenthood ch 4

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Teen pregnancy & parenthood ch 4

  1. 1. Chapter 4
  2. 2.  Journal  Define sexuality from a Biblical perspective  What would you do if you were pregnant or your GF was pregnant?  Where would you go for help?  SEXUALITY--Key element of making us who we are -- wholistic being
  3. 3.  A.Teen sexuality – a person’s concept of himself & herself as a male or female – wholistically 1. Involves the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, & spiritual dimensions 2.Show our maleness or femaleness in the way we talk, walk, move, dress, laugh, dream
  4. 4. 3.Teens must establish their own sexual identity – sense of themselves as a male or female – which is influenced by: ▪ Physical changes – hormones (body chemicals) – mood changes ▪ Social changes – more peer oriented than family oriented – peer pressure ▪ Media pressure –TV, movies, music, commercials, which often imply that sexual activity is necessary for mature person ▪“if you’ve arrived to manhood/womanhood” ▪“if you’re a man, you’ll lay a girl”
  5. 5. 4. “THE LIE” ▪Seeing sexual activity as a natural outcome of hormones working, or natural outcome of our emotions ▪WE are responsible to give the culture a different message ▪Values come into play here Questioning, evaluating, & making values on your own
  6. 6.  B. For the Christian, sexual activity before marriage is wrong –  God’s desire that we save that beautiful gift to be shared in the context of marriage  Virginity is the greatest gift you could give your spouse some day  ABSTINENCE is the ONLY choice
  7. 7.  C. However, for those who choose to live outside God’s principles, there are consequences  Emotional ▪ Does more damage than most physical consequences  Pregnancy a possible consequence  Risk of STD  Transmission of HIV causing AIDS
  8. 8.  D. Some choose to be sexually active & use contraceptives to prevent pregnancy ▪ ONLY FORYOUR INFORMATION FOR MARRIAGE  Condoms – decrease STD’s, don’t eliminate  Oral contraceptives – the pill, does nothing for STDs  Foams – kill sperm, DON’T ELIMINATE STD  Diaphragms – don’t let sperm get to fertilized egg, DON’T ELIMINATE STD  RU-486 or Plan B pill – kills fertilized egg, DON’T ELIMINATE STD  Abortion – PLAIN HORRIBLE  ABSTINENCE ISTHE ANSWER  ABSTINENCE ISTHE ONLY SAFE SEX
  9. 9. ** In US, 1 out of every 9 girls b/w ages 15-19 become pregnant, however, birthrate has dropped by 12% b/w 1996 & 2005  Due to contraceptives? RU-486? Abortions?
  10. 10.  Unplanned pregnancy is a scary time  disbelief, consequences, difficult decisions  Need to talk to many people for input and advice  A. Decision-making process -- sources of help  1. fathers to be ▪ Active participant, rights & responsibilities  2. Parents ▪ Emotional support in spite of disappointment, hurt, anger, pain  3. Clergy ▪ Source of advice & support  4. School personnel ▪ Advice, assistance  5. Family planning counselors ▪ Bethany, Alpha Center – Christian Organizations
  11. 11.  Identify decision to be made  What should we do now that we are statistic of teen pregnancy?  Identify alternatives  List options – marriage, single parenthood, adoption?  Consider consequences of each alternative  Pros and cons of each, weigh them  Choose best alternative  What’s best for you  Best for baby  Act on decision  A decision isn’t meaningful until it is acted on  Evaluate decision  Right or wrong?What could do differently next time?
  12. 12.  B. Considering alternatives  1. Single parenthood ▪ Huge responsibility & life time commitment ▪ Raising child, household chores, financial obligations ▪ How much help from father & family members ▪ Both emotional & financial support
  13. 13.  2. Marriage ▪ Divorce rate for females who marry b/w ages 14 & 17 twice as high as those 18-19, or three times as high ages 20-24 ▪ About 80% of teens who marry b/c of pregnancy divorce within 6 yrs ▪ Often low incomes, little education ▪ Often feel socially isolated – difficult to fit in ▪ Adjusting both to marriage & parenthood - extremely difficult
  14. 14.  3. Adoption ▪ Opportunity perhaps for better care, guidance, love ▪ It’s a loving choice ▪ Need to enfold people that are in desperate situations – not isolate them  4. Pregnancy termination ▪ Nice name for abortion ▪ Certainly NOT an option for Christians ▪ Abortion is a part of the kingdom of darkness ▪ Blinding eyes to the truth
  15. 15.  Fewer choices  Sports, job, college, friends outtings,  Health risks  Before age of 20, mother’s body is still growing  May not be able to provide for baby  Toxemia and iron deficiency  More likely to be premature or low birth weight  Financial problems  Paying for needs of child  Work without an education  Part-time job + education  Social and Emotional stresses  Can’t handle all that is going on  Want to be with friends  Too many changes and responsibilities
  16. 16.  Groups of 3 or 4  I will assign you an STD   You will make a PowerPoint presentation hi- lighting the key facts  Cause/How obtained  What is it?  Symptoms  Treatments  How it effects guy/girls  Can it effect baby  Pictures

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