Sex Information and the Adolescent Pregnancy Rate
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This website article gives information on the many types of birth control out there for females. This is helpful because many people can be confused and overwhelmed by the number of choices and this article gives them a little bit more information. The article lets the reader know that you don’t have to find the perfect one on the first try, you should not be afraid to try different options to find the one that works best for you. The article was written by Amber Madison. “Amber Madison has been writing about sex, love, and relationships since college (she went to Tufts University) when she wrote for her school newspaper’s sex ed column. Since graduating, she’s published two books: Hooking Up: A Girl’s All-Out Guide to Sex and Sexuality and Talking Sex With Your Kids and has been quoted in a ton of different media outlets from Seventeen magazine to MTV to NPR.” (credit) This article addresses the question of bettering safe sex practices by providing women with information on birth control.
This article discusses how sexuality education, teaching both abstinence and contraception, will cause teens to wait longer and use contraception when they finally do decide to have sex. The article compares sexuality education in the USA to sexuality education in Germany, where the teen pregnancy rate is one-fifth of the US’s. It ends by explaining that the reason Germany’s teen pregnancy rate is so much lower than ours is because; while we teach abstinence only, they teach both abstinence and contraception education; allowing the ones that choose not to abstain to be able to properly protect themselves. Unfortunately, because of the lack of first names I was unable to find anything on the authors. The publisher was an assistant professor from the department of health science at the University of Florida college of health and human. The school itself specializes in research conducting over 200 research projects a year. This article answers the question by informing that sexual education does decrease the adolescent pregnancy rate.
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This journal article talks about how teaching abstinent only sex practices are apparently no longer working because the teen pregnancy rate has increased year by year. 172 pregnant girls were enrolled in the city’s public schools in 2010. It concludes by the parents wanting to try a new approach to sex information for their children. The author, Morgan Smith, is “an investigative reporter with a focus on income inequality. She joined the Tribune in November 2009 and has previously covered politics and public education. In 2013, she received a National Education Writers Association award for “Death of a District,” a series on school closures. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English from Wellesley College, she moved to Austin in 2008 to enter law school at the University of Texas. A San Antonio native, her work has also appeared in Slate, where she spent a year as an editorial intern in Washington D.C.” (credit) This article relates to the question because it addresses the fact that abstinent only sex education is not working. While it is important for children to know that abstinence is the best and safest option, it is equally important to know how to be safe should you choose not to remain abstinent.
This article expresses how much of an influence social media and entertainment have on safe sex habits. The article talked about how children who see safe sex habits and/or the consequences of unsafe sex habits are more likely to practice safe sex. The article concluded by expressing that Parents, Schools, or Traditional media ware not significantly associated with safe sex practices. The article was written by many individuals one being Robin Stevens who is a published author and has received an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile. Another author is Bridgette Brawner, Ph.D., APRN. “Dr. Brawner develops interventions for urban population to improve family and community health and promote sexual health” (Credit). Data collection for the article took place in a small city in the Northeastern United States using cross-sectional behavioral surveys and modified venue-based sampling. Participants included 249 African American and Latino youth aged 13-24. The article addresses the issue of how to deal with adolescent pregnancy by arguing that social media is key to get through to the youth.
This article expresses the common misconceptions about sex and reproduction received daily. The article talks about questions commonly asked by misinformed people about sex and pregnancies. Questions such as “On Sat. my boyfriend and I slept together, but since we had no protection, I asked him to keep his boxers on. And ejaculation did not occur. I’m currently on my menstral [sic] cycle, is there a chance that I might be pregnant? Should I take emergency contraceptives?” The article goes on to inform these people of the facts not myths. This proves that people know way too little about sex, are very misinformed and should be educated. Author L. L. Wynn is a Lecturer in Anthropology, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. The article was published as Female Patient (Parsippany). 2009 Nov; 34(11): 29–32. This relates to the question because misconceptions like this are what leads to adolescent pregnancy. Being more informed can take some of the fear out of sex.