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Teen pregnancy Final Project 1 Teen Pregnancy Southern New Hampshire University PHE-340-X5542 Social and Behavioral Health 20EW5 Dr. Shantel Anderson June 21, 2020 Teen pregnancy is the result of many factors and it is imperative to understand each and every single one of them. I decided to take a look at the social aspect of teen pregnancy and its
Teen pregnancy Final Project 2 relation to media and social media. Even though teen pregnancy is no longer as high as in past times, it is still today a social problem that needs to be understood and addressed properly. One of the objectives of Healthy People 2020 is to address adolescence health. This includes addressing unwanted pregnancies among adolescents ages 10 to 17 and young adults ages 18 to 25 which make up 22% of the United States population (Healthy People 2020, n.d). Because adolescents are in a stage of development, they are particularly sensitive to the world around them. This includes family members, peers, school, neighbors, social media and etc… Media and social media with the pass of the years have been reinforcing and, in other words celebrating some behaviors that, for adolescents, is very hard to differentiate right from wrong. Even though media and social media can be used to disseminate health programs, healthy behaviors and education, can also be used to disseminate information and behaviors that for the mind of a developing human being can do more harm than good. The sexual content in series, movies and other platforms have increase enormous in the last decade and with the implementation of social media and technology, parent and peer interventions have become an almost impossible thing to do. An example of media and its effects in teen pregnancy would take us back to 2004 and the following years when the entertainment and very popular among teens TV channel MTV released 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. These two programs were intended to show the public how hard is to be a teen and become a mother. Unfortunately, the shows reflected the wrong reality of what is to become a mon and being a teenager. A study made by the Indiana University back in 2012 showed that programs such as 16 and pregnant and Teen mom created an unrealistic perception toward being pregnant at the age of 16 and how easy was to balance other aspects of life while having a new born. As said before,
Teen pregnancy Final Project 3 teen pregnancy is not the result of one factor such as social media or media in general. The media and the combination of the background of the person influence these behaviors among the teens. Social media and media interaction among teens can also be influence depending on the cultural background of the individual. A mentioned before teen pregnancy is not the result of just one factor, in fact, teen pregnancy is the result of many determinants including media and social media. According to the Center of Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) “In 2017, the birth rates for Hispanic teens (28.9 per 1,000) and non-Hispanic black teens (27.5) were more than two times higher than the rate for non-Hispanic white teens (13.2). The birth rate for American

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