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Psychology Paper 1

Psychology Paper 1 - Teen Pregnancy and Poverty Teen...

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Teen Pregnancy and Poverty Teen pregnancy has been a growing issue in the past years. Because of teen pregnancy children are living in poverty and are brought into a sad site of what the world can do for them. Teen pregnancy not only involves the mother and baby but also has consequences to the father of the child which some seem to forget. Throughout this paper you will be shown some facts about the effects of teen pregnancy on the mother, father, and baby. You will also see how some are trying to help this problem before it gets even worse. Even though the teenage birthrate has dropped 30 percent from 1991 to 2002 it is still a continuous problem that needs to be addressed. Teen pregnancy is a major contributor to poverty, single parenthood, and limited futures for the innocent children brought into this world. The fact needs to be known that not every teenage mother is poor, but it is statistically proven that having a child at a young age increases the chances of a mother and child living in poverty. Most mothers drop out of school therefore are unable to get a high paying job to support her child (Connolly.) Less than one-third of teens who begin their families before the age of 18 earn a high school diploma. Sadly only 1.5% earns a college degree by the age of 30 ( www.teenpregnancy.org .) The lack of education leads this frazzled mother to receive government help. Each year the federal government spends around $9 billion to help families that begin with a teenage birth (Miller.) Almost one half of all teenage mothers and over three-quarters of unmarried teen mothers began receiving welfare within five years of the birth of their first child ( www.teenpregnancy.org .) Teen mothers only make up 5 percent of the total population receiving welfare, however almost 53 percent of families who are supported by welfare money
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receive it because they were originally started by teenage pregnancy. Even though close to 54 percent of teen moms are on welfare, there is hope for them to not be supported by the government forever (Edwards-Rich.) The 1996 Welfare Reform Laws do complicate the situation but are hoping to jump start the mothers and fathers to stay in school and wait till they have a degree to have children. The Laws state that teen moms are required to live with an adult and remain in school in order to receive welfare benefits. The welfare benefits are not much to live off of. Welfare benefits have decreased by 45 percent to $373 a month per family. Welfare is not a realistic or appealing way to support a family and definitely does not provide enough stability (Miller.) Economic problems lead to other issues in the family system. Children born to teen mothers suffer from higher rates of low birth weight and other related health problems. Low birth weights of babies born to teen mothers are 21 percent higher than that of mothers from the age of 20-24. Low birth weight leads to other health issues such as death, blindness, deafness, respiratory problems, mental retardation, and mental illness. These issues are not something that
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