Teen Pregnancy<br />TylynStrecker<br />Becca Holguin<br />Nick Howell<br />
Topic<br /> What do Highlands Ranch High School students think about teen pregnancy?<br />
Background<br /> Our group decided to investigate this topic because teen pregnancy is something almost all high school students can relate to. Many high school students are pressured to have sex and pregnancy is always a concern. This topic was something we thought many high school students have opinions on. With this survey we got a chance to learn some of their opinions regarding this topic.<br />
Methodology<br /> Our sampling procedure was done by taking an SRS from a list of Highlands Ranch High School teachers with an Advisement class to choose two advisement classes in which to administer our survey. The survey was given on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010. A group member of ours, Becca, took the survey to the chosen advisement classes and gave them directions and passed out the surveys.<br />
If a teenager gets pregnant, do you think she should...<br />Have an abortion<br />Give the baby up for adoption<br />Keep the baby<br /><ul><li>38% of students think keeping the baby is the best option
The conclusion we can come to is that the majority of students would like the baby to live, whether it is with the mother or an adopted family</li></ul>Question #1<br />
Question #2<br /> If the girl kept the baby, should she continue wither her education throughout high school and beyond?<br /> -Yes<br /> -No<br /> The vast majority, 95%, of students think the girl should continue her education if she decides to have the baby.<br />
According to our results, most students think a girl that gets pregnant in high school has damaged her reputation.</li></ul> In your opinion, has a girl who got pregnant as a teenager in high school gotten her reputation damaged?<br /> -Yes<br /> -No<br />Question #3<br />
<ul><li>21 students, or 57% do not think his reputation is damaged.
Only 16 students, or 43% think his reputation is damaged, compared to 77% that think the girl’s reputation is damaged.
The questions relating to the damage to a person’s reputation was very gender biased. That is, women’s reputations were seen to have degraded more so than the men who got them pregnant. </li></ul>Question #4<br /> In your opinion, has a boy who got a girl pregnant as a teenager in high school damaged his reputation?<br />-Yes<br />-No<br />
Question #5<br /> If you were to get pregnant in high school, would you… (You may circle more than one)<br />A) Tell your parents/friends/baby’s father immediately<br />B) Hide the pregnancy from your parents/friends/baby’s father<br />C) Confide in your counselor<br />D) Confide in your pastor<br /><ul><li>More than three out of every four students said that if they were to get pregnant they would tell parents, friends, and/or the baby’s father immediately.
This seems to indicate that sooner or later people would start to notice anyway, and you can’t keep it a secret after that.
40% said they would confide in their counselor, which shows they would like seek guidance</li></li></ul><li>Question #6<br /> If you have known a high school student who has gotten pregnant, how much does that influence your decision about sex?<br />1 - It encouraged me to never have sex in high school<br />2 - it encouraged me to wait to have sex till after I’m out of high school<br />3 - It encouraged me to only have sex as a high school student when one type or both types of birth control are being used<br />4 - It encouraged me to have sex as a high school student without the use of birth control<br /><ul><li>More than half of the respondents said that they would wait at least until after high school to have sex.
Of those that weren’t encouraged to wait, 86% said they were encouraged to only have sex when at least one form of birth control was used</li></li></ul><li>Pitfalls<br /> We learned that writing directions at the top is not always effective because people often skip over them. In our case it specifically said to circle one choice per question, but on several questions we received answers where more than one option had been circled. If we were to do it again we would yell at the freshman to be less incompetent and follow our directions.<br />
Extensions <br />It would be interesting to ask more questions about the boy, such as how financially responsible he is and they should take turns caring for the baby.<br />It would also be interesting to gather the opinions from girls that have gone through teen pregnancy to get a better understanding of what it is like.<br />