Public Service Announcement
Babies Having Babies By: Bridget Smith
Even though teen pregnancy rates may have declined within the United States about 820,000 teens are still becoming pregnant every year. This then tells us that an average of 34% of teens will have a baby under twenty years of age. The percentage of teenagers that will not be married when they become pregnant is 79% and about 80% of those pregnancies were never planned. Teenage pregnancy of teens under the age of fifteen is a factor in the rise of teenage pregnancy rates. There is a percentage of 25% of teen mothers having another child in the range of two years after the first child. 80% percentage of teen mom end up having to rely on State Welfare Funds/ TANF as a source of income to provide for themselves and the child(ren). The United States and Canada have about the same rate of teenage pregnancy. “Greater teen pregnancy rates translate into higher abortion in the United States for the industrialized world. The United State spends $7 billion each year due to the costs of teen pregnancy.” (Teen Help, n.d.)
There are negative educational influences that can affect the physical, cognitive and psychosocial development outcomes of teen pregnancy.
There are psychosocial factors which can or will affect teenage mother’s education such as low self-esteem; low aspirations, motivation, and expectations; unrealistic goals and ambitions; limited emotional resources for support. (Gyan, n.d.)
Babies born to teen moms that are really young showed not to do well on test's that dealt with their cognitive ability. They usually were held back a grade, and educators perceived that they would not do well all the way to the high school. (CPEIP, n.d.)
When it comes to the physical development the children of adolescents are more likely to be born “prematurely and 50% more likely to be low-birth-weight babies (less than five and a half pounds).” (CPEIP, n.d.)
There can be profound effects on mothers-to-be, fathers-to-be, as well as the developmental effects on the infant. There can be profound effects on mothers-to-be, fathers-to-be, as well as the developmental effects on the infant. Kids that are born to adolescents parents usually have unfavorable circumstances that can be physically as well as socially. They are at risk for lack of prenatal care, underweight at birth and bad developmental outcomes. “Teen fathers are more likely to be involved in risky behavior and earn less money throughout adulthood than married men who become parents.” (Allen, n.d.)
Teen Pregnancy Statistics
- 79 percent of teenagers who become pregnant are unmarried.
- Despite declines in rates of teen pregnancy in the U.S., about 820,000 teens become pregnant each year.
- 80 percent of teenage pregnancies are unintended.
- The main rise in the teen pregnancy rate is among girls younger than 15.
- Close to 25 percent of teen mothers may become pregnant with a second child within two years of the first birth.
- The U.S. has twice the teen pregnancy rate as Canada.
- 80 percent of unmarried teen mothers end up on welfare
- The United State spends $7 billion each year due to the costs of teen pregnancy.
How Education negatively influence the developmental physical, cognitive and psychosocial outcomes of teen pregnancy.
- Psychosocial factors that can affect the education
- Babies born to teen moms that are really young showed not to do well on test that dealt with their cognitive ability.
- When it comes to the physical development the children of adolescents are more likely to be born prematurely and 50% more likely to be low-birth weight babies (less than five and a half pounds)
- Children of adolescents are more likely to be born “prematurely and 50% more likely to be low-birth-weight babies (less than five and a half pounds)
Teen Father arrested
- Teen fathers are more likely to be involved in risky behavior and earn less money throughout adulthood than married men who become parents. (Allen, n.d.)
- Teen Help. (n.d.). Teen Pregnancy Statistics. Retrieved October 7, 2015, from
- Gyan, C. (2013, September) The Effects of Teenage Pregnancy on the Educational Attainment of Girls at Chorkor, a Suburb of Accra. Retrieved from http://www.mcser.org/journal/index.php/jesr/article/viewFile/542/567
- Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy. (n.d.). The Children of Teen Parents. Retrieved October 7, 2015, from http://www.cpeip.fsu.edu/resourcefiles/resourcefile_78.pdf
Allen, K. (n.d.) Teen Pregnancy Trends in Missouri. Retrieved October 8, 2015, from
Local and wide-ranging (i.e. internet or phone) resource regarding teenage pregnancy
- American Pregnancy Helpline
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week