Vulnerable Population Essay

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Vulnerable Population NUR/440-Health Assessment and Promotion for Vulnerable Population December 11, 2012 Vulnerable Population The vulnerable population I have chosen for this paper is teenage pregnancies. By definition, a vulnerable population is a subgroup of the population who are at the risk for poor psychological, physical, and social health than the population as a whole (Chesnay, Chapter 1, Vulnerable populations: Vulnerable People, 2012). Research and evidence does support that pregnant teenagers are at risk. After, watching some shows on television, reading newspapers, and working with a wide variety of staff, I believe that pregnant teenagers are a vulnerable population. Teenage pregnancies are connected with many social issues, such as higher poverty rates, lower education, single parent homes, violent homes, and low self-esteem. Moreover, children of teenage parents are more likely to follow the path of their parents. Girls born to teenage mother have a 22% higher chance of repeating the teen mother cycle, and boys have a 13% higher chance of ending up in prison (Furstenberg, Levine, & Brooks-Gunn, 1990). According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (2012) about one- third of girls in the United States will become pregnant before the age of 20 which means approximately 820,000 teenage girls become pregnant at least once before the age of 20. The United States have the highest rate of teenage pregnancy among 46 developed countries ("U.S. Teenage Pregnancy Statistics National and State Trends and Trends by Race", 2006). Teenage pregnancy and child bearing are societal concerns because of economic and social costs. Childbearing, on average, costs taxpayers in the United States $4,080 per teenager. Moreover, it also affects education, only a third of teen mother earn their high school diploma and only 1.5% have a college degree by
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