Teenagers with busy parents have no time to guide and support them are more likely to get pregnant. Communication between parents and children, which is part of the family bonding, become weak. A teen who does not feel that she can talk to her parents about sex will turn to friends, movies or videos that will most likely give wrong information. The lack of affection from the family will push them to have an intimate relationship elsewhere.
Teenage pregnancy can also be a result of failure to teach the necessary sex education from both the school and parents. They then get engaged in sexual contact without any knowledge about contraception or proper use of birth control. Parents are still hesitant to discuss sex with their kids, and are just content with whatever sex education offered by school. According to a survey poll by National Public Radio, Sex Education in America Foundation, and Harvard's Kennedy School National Survey on Sex Education, a majority of Americans agree that sex education should be taught in schools. The debate continues to this day whether to teach a broad sex education curriculum to school.
Children of overprotective parents can also be rebellious. They cannot make their own decision and some get tired of it by doing things against their parents will. They turn to friends who are into alcohol and drugs or find security and love they are looking for to the opposite sex and are more likely to get pregnant. They find happiness away from the sight of their parents. Stemming from that, however, some children, no matter how great their parents are, are just too stubborn and does what they think will make them happy without consideration to how it will affect others. They are prone to bad influences, sexual escapades, and early pregnancy that will lead them to miserable life.
The effect of teenage pregnancy in the society is a serious issue. School dropouts are the leading effects of pregnancy; they cannot handle the burden of studying and taking care of their baby after birth. Because of their responsibility to the newborn baby, they choose to stay home to take care of the kids. Many teen moms may find it difficult or impossible to support the kids because they did not get the proper education so the career option is limited resulting to poverty. But there are others who pursue their dream to finish college education and becoming a good parent.
Teenage pregnancy is most common in the USA, despite the government campaigns to teach sex education in schools. According to The National Campaign, the teenage pregnancy rate declined from 1990 to 2008, therefore teenagers are becoming aware of the negative impacts of early pregnancy. If pregnancy happened to one member of the family, all we need is to give them the support they needed instead of blaming them, for sure they already learned their lesson for what they have done wrong. Teenage pregnancy is a life-long commitment that needs serious attention.