What I See as the Biggest Challenges Young Adults Face Today? Essay

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Teen pregnancy remains a significant problem and American society but there are steps that can help teens take responsibility for their sexual activity and avoid unintended pregnancy. According to Planned Parenthood, approximately 67.8 per 1,000 women between the age 15-19 ¬ nearly 750,000 American teenagers ¬become pregnant (Kost and Henshaw, 2012). The majority ¬ 82 percent ¬ is unintended (Finer and Zoina, 2011) (1).Unintended pregnancies fuel an abortion rate that some argue is murder and all agreed emotionally traumatizes all of the parties involved. Society benefits from educated and economically productive teens. Teens struggling to handle an unintended pregnancy are less economically productive, their education suffers and their potential is inhibited. The parents of unintended pregnancies often end up on welfare. Society pays costs of welfare and healthcare for parents and children involved with unintended pregnancies. Parents that have unintended pregnancies often have multiple kids and the parents and kids are caught in a welfare cycle. Limited resources stop their progress causing their social status to remain static, resulting in limited education that produces more unintended pregnancy. Social barriers have slowed efforts to solve the problem of teen pregnancy. Sex education traditionally focused on both the biological aspects of sex to teach how a baby is created and encouraged abstinence to prevent unintended pregnancy. Sex education, although widely available, is often too little and too late too have much of an impact. The focus is on reproductive biology rather than on teaching adolescents the skills needed to handle a relationships and family. Teens need to learn to resist peer pressure and negotiate different situations. Although teens are using contraception much more frequently than in the past, and their preferred method condoms is widely

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