SOME FACTS ON TEENAGE PREGNANCY I BET YOU WISHED YOU THOUGHT BEFORE YOU ACTED YOU CHILDREN

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MADDIE lol girls - September 14

Answer: general, teenage mothers do not fare as well as their peers who delay childbearing: Their family incomes are lower. They are more likely to be poor and receive welfare. They are less educated. They are less likely to be married. Their children lag in standards of early development About 64 percent of teen mothers graduate from high school or receive a GED within two years after they would have graduated with their freshman class, versus 94 percent of teenage women who did not give birth (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 1998). Nearly 80 percent of teen mothers eventually go on welfare. According to one study, more than 75 percent of all unmarried teen mothers began receiving welfare within five years of giving birth (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 1998). The offspring of teenage mothers are more likely to be poor, abused, or neglected than those of women who delay childbearing, and they are less likely to receive proper nutrition, health care, and cognitive and social stimulation (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 1998; Maynard, 1997). They are also at greater risk of lower intellectual and academic achievement and social behavioral problems — one study found that children of teenage mothers are almost three times as likely to be incarcerated during their adolescence or early 20s as are the children of older mothers (Maynard, 1997). The children of teenage parents face severe health, economic, and social consequences. Because one-third of pregnant teens do not receive adequate prenatal care, their babies are more likely to be low birth weight, to have childhood health problems, and to be hospitalized than those born to older mothers (AGI, 1998). The infant mortality rate for children born to teen mothers is about 50 percent higher than that for those born to women older than 20 The offspring of teenage mothers are more likely to be poor, abused, or neglected than those of women who delay childbearing, and they are less likely to receive proper nutrition, health care, and cognitive and social stimulation (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 1998; Maynard, 1997). They are also at greater risk of lower intellectual and academic achievement and social behavioral problems — one study found that children of teenage mothers are almost three times as likely to be incarcerated during their adolescence or early 20s as are the children of older mothers (Maynard, 1997).

 

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go to this site for more info - http://www.plannedparenthood.org/library/TEEN-PREGNANCY/teenpreg_fact.html

 

Katrina - September 14

Interesting. Does this mean myself and my family are a rarity? I gave birth at 18. I've been with the father of my soon-to-be 5 year old son ever since. We were married nearly 3 years ago. My husband makes enough money that we are considered a "middle cla__s" family...and we hope to purchase a home sometime next year. My son has never had anything wrong with him. He was 3 weeks premature, but very healthy...and healthy as an ox now. He gets sick less often than I do. He's never been abused or neglected and he's a very bright, inquisitive child with a great future ahead of him. Get over yourself, the only thing those "statistics" manage to do is put a bad name on anyone having a child before the age of 25. It makes every single one of us look like s___tty losers who will never do right by our children. And by the way, we've never been on welfare.

 

Stephanie - September 14

I also am with Katrina on this one. I am 18 years old and we (yes, meaning me and my HUSBAND) have a 3 week old daughter together. And guess what? We are not on welfare. Actually, he is in the Air Force. And yes that is right, the person you are cutting down is serving your a__s right now to make sure you have freedom so please sweetie, shove something far up your a__s.. oh wait! you already have.

 

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