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Teen Pregnancy

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Kelsi Koon

on 25 February 2014

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Transcript of Teen Pregnancy

Average Cost of Having a Child
If you are looking to have your child in a hospital it will cost, on average, $3,500 a day and when you add in the additional cost of actually delivering the baby it runs clost to $9,000.
Recently a study showed that out of the 50 states in the United States, Mississippi has the highest rate of teen moms. With around 50.2 births per 1,000 girls and over 2/3 of those girls drop out of high school before finish high school. In the past 5 years the Mississippi has started the destination graduation plan.
Average Teen Income
Teenagers in the 15 to 18 year old age group generate an average income of $4,023 a year.
Today more than ever with shows like 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom, we seem glorify the idea of having a child at such a young age. These teens treat their kids more like objects that they can dress up and show off but in all actuality the stress of having a child is so much greater than you see in the show. As MTV follows the life of these moms you see them going out with their cute kids and struggling with relationships but as a parent you have more than just your relationship to worry about such a finances. These young adults and teens are being payed substantial amount money that a normal teenager who gets pregnant wont receive because they aren't 'famous'
Dropout Rate
Pregnancy is the #1 reason why girls dropout of school. Approximately 70% of girls who become pregnant leave school. Illegal discrimination against these girls by administrators, teachers, counselors and students is a major contributing factor to their high dropout rates. Also, research shows that when schools make an effort to support pregnant girls in their education, they can have a significant impact in lowering their drop-out rates.

Likelihood of Being a Single Mom
80% of teen mothers are also single moms. Teen dads often make a verbal commitment, but rarely stick around to support their child. The average teen father only pays around $800 a year in child support. This leaves the mother to struggle to find adequate food, diapers and other baby needs.
Teen Pregnancy
16 & Pregnant/Teen Mom
16 and preg. debuted in 2009, on MTV.
documentary followed the stories of pregnant teen girls in high school dealing with hardships of teenage pregnancy.
Each episode features a different teenage girl beginning when she is 4 1⁄2 – 8 months preg. and ending when the baby is a few months old.
16 and Pregnant spawned 3 spin-off series Teen Mom, Teen Mom 2 and Teen Mom 3. Each series following the lives of 4 girls from their season of 16 and Pregnant as they navigate their first years of motherhood.

Show Stats
4 years into the show, teen pregnancy rates are at a record low. Rates dropped 9% from 2009-2010 alone, reaching a historic low of 34.3 births per 1000 women aged 15-19.
births continued to drop 6% in 2010.
National Bureau of Economic Research conducted study between the show and link in teen pregnancy and found that there was a decline in areas where more MTV programs were being watched.

Background of teen preg.
Black women have the highest teen pregnancy rate (134 per 1,000 women ages 15–19), followed by Hispanics (131 per 1,000) and non-Hispanic whites (48 per 1,000).
Many reasons why teens become pregnant (glamorized life, boyfriend, unconditional love, accident)
research shows Women w/ sisters and mothers who experienced teen birth had higher risk of teen pregnancy.
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