Teenage pregnancy is a problem for all involved. It puts a great strain on the parents, especially the mother, and also on their parents who, more often than not, end up with the new baby in their family home, often having to look after it while the baby’s parents are at school, or out socializing and doing the things that teenagers do. Because teen parents are more likely to struggle to deal with parenthood, the child is also more likely to grow up with various problems.
Not enough effort is put into reducing teen pregnancy rates, and one reason for this is that teenage pregnancy rates in the US have generally declined since the 1950’s. But that isn’t good enough, because despite the decline, the US still has one of the highest teen birth rates in the industrialized world. The statistics may be better than they were, but this is not reason enough to ignore the problem, because it is still a very big problem. Besides the impact that teenage pregnancy has on all involved, the public costs related to it are estimated to be $10.9 billion every year. This is an obscene amount of money and the government should set a few billion aside to reduce teen pregnancy, and then the final bill would be so much lower and money would be saved overall.
Reducing teen birth rates has been centered on education, and this is certainly the most important tool with some young people. For those with poor schooling and living in deprived areas, particularly those from ethnic minority backgrounds, education about safe sex could make the world of difference. However, there are plenty of white middle class teenage girls getting pregnant too, and this can’t be because they don’t understand contraception.
A lot of it must come down to how young girls are overly sexualized by the media, and put under pressure to become sexually active at a young age. Education also puts too much emphasis on just girls, and reinforces the fact that it is the mothers that are usually blamed for teen pregnancy while the fathers often take no responsibility and get away with it. Young men need to know that they can’t behave in this way, and understand the pressures of becoming a father, while girls need to become more assertive and be able to demand the use of contraception even if they’re drunk and their partner doesn’t want to use it.
We can’t escape the social responsibility that we have to our young people and their potential children, and should be prepared to put the funding in the reduce pregnancy rates. After all, it will bring down costs in the long term, and also mean that more people are living happier lives.
Teens are under immense pressure to join college. Reason being everyone expects them to perform very well in every discipline which may not be the case for some.
Everyone has different abilities and when one is under pressure to deliver especially in school, the feeling can be frustrating. Parents want the best for their children and so do the teachers and the society in general. Many admire joining the top colleges, followed by a lucrative job in this competitive economy. To meet these expectations, teens must perform extremely well in school. The parents will put immense pressure on them to earn good grades, no matter the cost.
To add on this, the teen has more than enough to juggle on daily basis including extracurricular activities, loads of homework and a social life to cover. All in the name of getting good grades. Study shows that the intense pressure may backfire and the result is social, physical and emotional stress.
Increased Worries About Keeping Up
Before the teen joins college, the excitement of meeting other teenagers is high. Of course keeping in mind that he/she will meet the right company to share stories, play together and other activities. But, school comes with more choices and option that the teenager expects. There is more work with great demands.
For the first time in their life they have to worry about grades and not when they next meal will be. This is where they have to choose a path before joining the next level either college, trade school or career. Remember, they are in a competitive environment hence the need to feel the pressure since everyone is working hard to achieve the same goal as you.
With the daily activities happening in their life, they are anxious to keep up. For some even a simple task of getting prepared to attend class is a challenge. The anxiety is accelerated by the workload of daily assignments, projects that have to be submitted on time and finally the kid has to bring materials to school.
After school, the teenager is exhausted and once they get home, there is little time to do homework and study. Students who lack proper organization and time management may become overwhelmed and fall behind.
Fear of Failure among the Teenagers
No one want to fail in academics and so does the teens preparing to join college. As more pressure to perform builds up, many teens start to worry if they will ever succeed. This is common to teens who have experienced learning issues and fear that even if they study hard, they may end up failing in their test. They are afraid of being confronted by their teacher in school and the parents at home. And the thought of not making it to the next level comes into play. This pressure becomes too much to a point of frustrating the teens in school.
Feeling Stressed and Anxiety
It is unfortunate that most teens collapse under too much pressure from teachers and parents. Some probable consequences include cheating, sleep deprivation, worrying, eating disorders, loss of interests in hobbies, burnout or withdrawal from family and friends. Stress and anxiety can also occur. In teens, it is hard to identify cases of anxiety since they may not say anything at all or just complain about physical symptoms. Some may experience nightmares and other may refuse to go to school.
Lack of Self-Image
For teenagers, being in school means more and more tests and about four to five hours of concentration doing homework every night. The result can be negative according to a study featured in the Journal of Child and Family Studies. The research discovered that parent who put a lot pressure on their children by over-managing their lives may end up having cases of depression, low self-esteem and competence. In actual sense, the parent may think they are actually supporting the teen but the parenting style end up ruining the self-confidence of the teenager.
Teens try hard to fit in a particular social situation which can be stressing especially if they don’t fit in. They want to be popular and have as many friends and followers as possible. At times they may find themselves in dangerous situations where they have to make tough decisions. Fellow teens may have planned a house party and the temptation to drink and smoke becomes high. They have to make a decision whether to drink, smoke or not. Such decision can be stressful.
Well, the fact remains that teens may experience a lot pressure to go to college due to high expectations set by the parents. The result is increased worries, stress, anxiety, lack of self-confidence since they don’t want to fail.