In deciding on societal issues, team B immediately became aware of teen pregnancy and focused on this troubling societal issue. Each of the members came to the conclusion; teen pregnancy had touched each life in a different way. In expressing mutual stories, the decision was unanimous to pursue this controversial topic and decide the impacts, based on statistical reviews, and research, it held on society.
Now that Team B has obtained faculty approval of our issue, Team B presents a presentation in which the team has searched societal issues and chosen an issue the team would like to resolve. In this presentation the team will express the issue found in our search and refine our expression; both the original and the refined version, along with justify our revision. Through time dedication the team has investigated the issue by obtaining necessary information. The team has identified questions the team feels should be answered to understand the issue and identified a source of information to answer each question. To conclude our investigation, the team will provide a thorough explanation of the issue, including answers to each of the questions identified, along with produced ideas toward solution of the issue. The presentation will list all of Team B’s ideas—whether they are ridiculous or serious is not important. The team will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the issue within the discussion and the two ideas that the team has considered to be the most imaginative, original, and positive potential solutions to the issue will be reflected. Thank you
Teen pregnancy is a growing issue in today’s conflicted society. There is common consideration, that girls of ethnic and, or poor upbringing will result in more teen pregnancies. Recent studies have shown that 41% of teen pregnancies come from homes 200% above the poverty line and 70% of teen pregnancies happened among two parent households (Docksai, 2010). Is low socioeconomic areas were the worst among teen pregnancies? Research indicates that teen pregnancy is far reaching, extensive, and considerably a larger problem that originally thought in all socioeconomic and ethnic groups. In lower socioeconomic groups sex and health education is limited. Is this an underlying cause for more pregnancies in most be concluded that education on teen pregnancy is limited, thus resulting in more pregnancies. The surprise was researching that teen girls in suburbs, with education and good parenting, were increasing in numbers compared to below and at poverty level teen girls. This revision of thought and process changed upon additional research. This revision of thought and process changed upon additional research.
Teenagers do not grow under strict regulations driven by teachers or parents. Truth ads became mainstream and popular to avoid teen smoking, it worked. Illustrations of it not being cool to be a teen and pregnant needs to become mainstream as well. USA Today released this article http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2003-06-04-babydoll_x.htm of realistic dolls being sent home to teens, they explain the teenagers understood the seriousness of having a baby round the clock. These studies should be implemented and encouraged, if money is going to be spent, it should be done wisely on prevention. Additional resolutions include having every teenager, upon entering high school, automatically enroll into volunteering at a day care, maternity ward, etc. where babies are prevalent and loud. This will ruin the illusion that babies are cute, quiet and made to be carried around like an accessory. Education to this extent is hands on and allows for greater understanding by the teens. The most important resolution of teen pregnancy is to encourage open communication of sex, consequences and birth control with teenagers. Avoiding the issue and not acknowledging the very obvious circle of sex among teens only leads to ignorant choices that will carry a teenager for the remainder of their lives.
Juno was a movie centered around a teenage mother, who became pregnant, and eventually gave her child to an adoptive mother. Although, this movie highlighted why a teen wasn’t ready to become pregnant, it failed to detail the prevention aspect. Wetzstein (2008) describes the pregnancy pact that took place in Gloucester High in Massachusetts. It was noted many of the girls opted to become pregnant, given the illusion it was a cool thing to do. Teens listed when truth ads hit the airwaves, expanded knowledge that smoking was not cool and the effects it can cause. Teen pregnancy ads need to become more aggressive and effective, as well. Teen created ads should include the consequences, the change of life. Wetzstein (2008) quotes a teacher who stated that babies do not give unconditional love, they demand it. Placing this in the forefront would be a powerful message. Teens would see that babies will not give, they will demand and continue to do so, because they are children. The “cute” affect has to be blown apart, showing that although babies are beautiful miracles, the attention they demand is not suited for today’s teen. Teens would take a second look when advised by peers and start contemplating choice and seeking for contraceptives, rather than opting for a change of life, just when their own is starting out.
Teen pregnancy is on the rise, since 2002, where a decline was witnessed (Docksai, 2010). In researching this issue, it is found the increase is across the board for all teens across the country, regardless of ethnic, or upbringing backgrounds. In one article, it is stated that teen girls find getting pregnant is a status thing. Girls were purposely getting pregnant, because they wanted to attach a specific boy (Margolis, 2010.) This is one issue to be considered, atop of the teen girls filling a void in their life, thus pushing teen pregnancy rates. There are educational programs in schools to assist teens in understanding pregnancy and the possible consequences of not waiting. The abstinence approach was eliminated and now an approach of sexual awareness and prevention is being introduced. The abstinence program was seen as limiting and only pursued an increase of teen pregnancies (Melby, 2010.) Teen girls will opt for abortion when they are scared, not sure what to do, or are influenced by peers who went through a similar experience. Families need to maintain an open line of communication, to keep their daughters close in the case of pregnancy. Teen dads also need to be educated to be a strong, support, system. Teens facing abortion options typically are depressed, have no support from family, and friends, and can potentially be a dangerous procedure on a young girl’s body, especially if going to an inexperienced clinic. (Bartell, 2005.) When teenagers become pregnant, it provides a squeeze on healthcare in the private sector. It also creates a greater chance of a one parent family, diminishing the educational successes of the teen mother, and pushes the possibility for welfare dependence, and overall position loss in society. Teen mothers also face the critics of society, and typically fall into poverty zones due to non support, and lack of education. (Docksai, 2010.) President Obama has eliminated the Abstinence-Only program and has enacted the Abstinence Plus program, which has seen great successes in previous times, when teen pregnancies, and abortions declined. The programs are illustrated at schools, clinic’s and expressed to families to share with their teens. Programs aimed at teen boys to cement the idea of consequences, for being sexually active is also being pushed at schools. (Melby, 2009.)
There are many schools across the United States that are removing health class that normally involves sex education. The reason for elimination of this important class to place the school’s budget more towards the academic side of the spectrum. The word condom is not taboo in the year 2010, therefore, these devices should be made available to the teens. Condoms don’t necessarily encourage sexual activity amongst the teen crowd, yet the protection aspect not only from pregnancy, but from sexually transmitted diseases focuses on safe rather than sorry. Abstinence only programs do they work? One might consider that they do not give teens the understanding of prevention, only a rule; which teens do not follow. The abstinence plus prevention programs, allow the teens to understand contraceptives and options, in the case abstinence is ignored, although fully encouraged. Educating teen boys is also priority to get the point across of their cause and effect in the situation. Enacting services for teen boys, will fuel their need to remain protected and seek prevention as well. (Sprague, 2009.) Once conception is on the table, understanding and defining options needs a support system. Is it too late to provide a support system? The open mind on what to do next can be seen as the best choice. Teen mom and dads will need guidance and support within the family and school systems. Once a teen does become pregnant, stress levels should be diminished by support systems. The school, family, and friends of the teen must work together for a cohesive decision, based on what the teen mom chooses. Teen mothers are typically frightened of response and will resort to abortion, in fear of getting punished by parents. Communication skills must be left open, and welcomed to teen girls.
Although c ondoms, abstinence programs, and educating teen boys are ways to prevent teen pregnancy. Nearly two-thirds of unwed teenage women report that they never practice contraception or that they use a method inconsistently. According to the Guttmacher Institute ( Teenage Pregnancy , 1981), only nine percent of unmarried teenagers surveyed said that they did not use a method of contraception because they were trying to become pregnant or were already intentionally pregnant. Forty-one percent thought they could not become pregnant, mainly because they believed, usually mistakenly, that it was the wrong time of the month. However, most teenagers are sexually active for many months before ever seeking birth control help from a family planning clinic or physician ( Teenage Pregnancy , 1981). Nevertheless teenagers would continue to be sexually active, using less effective methods or no contraceptives and many thousands would get pregnant as a results. The more kids know about parenting, the more likely they are to be responsible when they do have children--and perhaps, the more likely they will be to postpone parenting until they can handle it. Parents should prefer sex education classes to focus on topics such as birth control and safe sex rather than abstinence. A vast majority of parents want sex education to cover issues such as birth control methods and safer sex, and sex as part of a loving relationship. Sex education aims to reduce the risks of potentially negative outcomes from sexual behaviour, such as unwanted or unplanned pregnancies. It also aims to contribute to young people’s positive experience of their sexuality by enhancing the quality of their relationships and their ability to make informed decisions over their lifetime. Sex education that works, by which we mean that it is effective, is sex education that contributes to both these aims thus helping young people to be safe. Young people get information about sex and sexuality from a wide range of sources including each other, through the media including advertising, television and magazines, as well as leaflets, books and websites which are intended to be sources of information about teen pregnancy. It is important to provide information which corrects mistaken beliefs. Without correct information young people can put themselves at greater risk. Changes have occurred in the number and function of family planning services available to adolescents since the time. An expanded network of preventive family planning services continues to commitment to investing in programs with strong evidence, as well as in research and innovation to expand the repertoire of effective programs to help fight teen pregnancy. Parents should i nvestigate classes or support groups in their area that deal with teen pregnancy. If none exist, then they should ask the school to get involved and hold a special seminar for those who are interested; the life studies/family teacher may be helpful. Baby Think It Over, the &quot;infant simulator,&quot; is the newest weapon in the war against teen pregnancy. Designed to look, sound, and act as much like a real infant as possible, the doll gives teenagers a hands-on dose of reality and causes many of them to rethink the challenges of parenthood (Jurmain, Judy). The teen &quot;parent&quot; wears a feeding plug strapped to his or her wrist with a tamper-proof armband, so only the parent can &quot;feed&quot; or &quot;comfort&quot; the baby. Instructors can tell by a light on the back of the doll if it has been neglected or abused by the teen. This infant stimulator are available in schools, clinics, hospitals, and social agencies. Typically, teens returning the doll at the end of the simulation period express dismay at how difficult caring for a baby must be. No one program can possibly solve the many problems that are associated with teenage pregnancy. The solution must come from many elements of society: parents, the churches, the schools, state and local legislatures and government agencies. Most people agree about the importance of reproductive health services and research for teenagers, but there is not yet the willingness to pay the costs for such programs in most communities of the nation.
Teens look to one another for assistance and providing teen counselors, teen ads –for teens by teens--, open dialouge, instilling class operatives of baby training, all assist in preventing teen pregnancy. There is no one resolution to conquer a teen problem rising. Parents must exert more control over open communication and encourage their teens to talk openly about sex, and probe for questions. Schools need to encourage their students, both boys and girls, with continuing and expanding education on babies; such as the Baby Think it Over semesters. This encourages teenagers to get a look into the reality of parenthood, and realize as a teenager, it’s not glamorous. A teen pregnancy is only an illustration that society as a whole has failed both teens involved. Ignoring the issue does not make it go away, teenagers want to be heard, acknowledged and guided. Implement encouraging teen advocacy ads and peer counseling, encourage schools to mandate Baby Think it Over semesters, encourage parents to take a pro-active stance in the communicating with their teen. The foundation and of an adult is based on the education given earlier in life. More success, less regression, only illustrates to teenager it is much cooler to get an education, great job and have full successes to pass on to their children later in life.
Waiting 4 Baby
Teen Pregnancy: The Impact of Decision on Society Team B: Melissa Blankenship, Angelina Bouc, Lori Denny, Joe Lackey, Leisa Noel, Julie Straub
Introduction: Teen pregnancy a growing concern <ul><li>Societal Issue? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teen Pregnancy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Initial Resolutions </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Examination of Best Resolution </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of the Best Argument </li></ul><ul><li>Revised Argument </li></ul><ul><li>Refined Resolution/Final Resolution </li></ul>
Initial Resolution <ul><li>Campaign cool-smoke ads work, teen pregnancy wait ads would work too </li></ul><ul><li>Expand “Baby Think it Over” classes </li></ul><ul><li>Mandatory volunteering in child atmospheres for teen students </li></ul><ul><li>Open communication </li></ul>
Critical Examination of Best Resolution <ul><li>Peer influence has always been </li></ul><ul><li>crucial </li></ul><ul><li>Teens listen to friends first </li></ul><ul><li>Ads for teens by teens are effective </li></ul><ul><li>Take away the illusion of the </li></ul><ul><li>“ pregnancy pact” </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage more billboards </li></ul><ul><li>and TV ads </li></ul>
Questions to be answered <ul><li>Why teen girls feel the need to have a baby? </li></ul><ul><li>How can education be used to avoid another </li></ul><ul><li>teen pregnancy? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do teen girls opt for abortion? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the impacts to the teen in having or </li></ul><ul><li>aborting a child? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the impacts upon society when another teen is pregnant? </li></ul><ul><li>What can society do to decline these increasing </li></ul><ul><li>numbers? </li></ul>
Evaluation of the Best Argument <ul><li>Where is the education to avoid teen pregnancy? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviving sex education classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What happened? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>School Budget? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Condoms available on school campuses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Better to encourage safe sex? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abstinence out of the question? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevention Plus Program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where are the support systems for teen </li></ul><ul><li>moms/dads? </li></ul>
Revised Argument <ul><li>Realistic sex education. </li></ul><ul><li>Does it really work? </li></ul><ul><li>An expanded network of preventive family planning services. </li></ul><ul><li>Investing in programs </li></ul><ul><li>Baby Think It Over </li></ul><ul><li>Reality change? </li></ul>
Refined Resolution/Final Resolution <ul><li>For teens by teen advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Open communication </li></ul><ul><li>Baby Think it Over </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage Resolution! </li></ul>
References <ul><li>Bartell, S. (2005). Family focus. Teen pregnancy: the impact on a family system. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 20 (2), EBSCOhost . Retrieved from http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/ehost/detail?vid=20&hid=11&sid=2040ff7f-70cf-42f4-b637-e58a067accbf%40sessionmgr4&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=rzh&AN=2005124887#db=rzh&AN=2005124887 </li></ul><ul><li>Docksai, R. (2010). The Truth about Teenaged Parents. Futurist, 44 (Issue 2) EBSCOhost, Retrieved from http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/ehost/detail?vid=6&hid=3&sid=2471c2e1-ef20-4596-b07e-68c89be973b1%40sessionmgr10&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=a9h&AN=47784798#db=a9h&AN=47784798 </li></ul><ul><li>Margolis, K. (2010). Teenage pregnancy rate up, study finds; In Greene County, 'some girls think it's a status thing to be pregnant,' Community Health Services director says.. Dayton Daily News, ProQuest , . Retrieved from http://proquest.umi.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/pqdweb?index=2&did=1948799101&SrchMode=1&sid=1&Fmt=3&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=1268479463&clientId=13118 </li></ul><ul><li>Melby, T. (2009). The end of abstinence-only?. Contemporary Sexuality, 43 (7), EBSCOhost . Retrieved from http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/ehost/detail?vid=7&hid=11&sid=2040ff7f-70cf-42f4-b637-e58a067accbf%40sessionmgr4&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=a9h&AN=43251615 </li></ul><ul><li>Sprague, C. (2009). Teen Pregnancy. Research Starters Sociology . EBSCOhost Retrieved from http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/ehost/detail?vid=8&hid=11&sid=2040ff7f-70cf-42f4-b637-e58a067accbf%40sessionmgr4&bdata=JnNpd GU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=rst&AN=36268066 </li></ul>
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