Teenage motherhood, especially for girls under 15 years old, has negative health and economic impacts for both the young girls and their communities.
Sadly, most teen pregnancy campaigns aren’t focused on teen pregnancy prevention; they’re teen parenting prevention campaigns.
I never quite understand how to answer that question. My immediate response is usually, “Sex—unprotected sex, to be exact.” However, the real answer is far more complex, and some individuals may see my reasons as “excuses” so I usually don’t bother to explain it. But I will now.
The Chicago Department of Public Health’s Office of Adolescent and School Health just released a new set of teen pregnancy prevention ads that feature images of half-naked young men who appear, thanks to technology, pregnant.
The North Carolina legislature would rather see teens face unplanned pregnancies, untreated STIs, and chemical dependency issues than allow them to receive any form of health care without a parent’s approval.
A new study suggests that porn might not influence young people’s sexual behavior as much as we thought, and it turns out that even Europeans have limits about how explicit sex education can be, at least when it’s for first-graders.
The New York Human Resource Administration’s new teen pregnancy prevention campaign takes shame as a prevention tactic to an entirely new level.
A new document designed to settle debates over how to approach teen pregnancy prevention implies that evidence should trump content. As a sexuality educator and a mother, I have to disagree. What you say is important, as is how you say it and, frankly, equally important is what you deliberately leave out (e.g. no mention of same-sex relationships).
The latest CDC data about teen pregnancy rates on the decline gets much attention while the conditions that could be improved to help all parents succeed are ignored.
Logic tells us that for the teen birth rate to go down without the abortion rate going up, fewer teens have to have sex or more teens have to use contraception. Data tells us that it’s a little bit of both. But what policies, programs, social issues, and cultural shifts are behind this?