Why do you think that teens in the US are at a heightened risk for
unplanned pregnancy? What are some of the cultural factors that set us
up for this? Are pregnancy rates higher in more educated or less
educated areas of the US?
Teens are at heightened risk because they are facing "the storms and stress" of adolescence. Most likely, they cannot or are afraid to discuss these matters with parents, who these days are too busy working to give them time and attention. They are also at the mercy of exploiters and sexual predators, who can misuse their new and untried feelings over which they may not have much control.
some of the cultural factors responsible for this are:
1. The media, especially television, cinema - that are always bombarding them with sex
2. Ease of access to pornographic material in the shops and the internet
3. Ease of access to contraceptives
4. Pressure on teenagers to date or have boyfriends/girlfriends
We would expect a higher rate of unplanned pregnancy in less educated areas of the US because of lack of knowledge of contraceptives. Usually lack of education and poverty are linked.
Oct 12th, 2014
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