Over the last couple of days, we’ve been highlighting the work of our writing students from the November/December issue of The Globe. On Wednesday we shared work from Writing 2 and Writing 3 students on Saudi weddings and friendship. Yesterday we learned about types of literature from a Writing 4 essay. Today, take a look at Colombian student Sara’s research paper on teen pregnancy.
Having a child as a teenager is a common in many countries. Governments are worried because this aspect affects society directly. The way society considers teenagers changes when the teenager becomes pregnant. For this reason, we should give teenagers more importance to do this stage well, not forgetting that the future depends of them (Choré, 1). When pregnant as a teenager or young person, there are areas that change in their lives such as economical, educational and emotional factors that make it difficult to improve their lives during this transition.
First, pregnant teenagers suffer more economic difficulties in their lives as a result of their pregnancy. The financial burden is one of the most important consequences. If you have a lot of money, you can find the answer for many problems. Governments compile statistics about this phenomenon because of the effects that they have on a country. Furthermore, there are fewer professionals and less development. One of the statistics shows that some 16 million teenagers from 15 to 19 years old and 1 million younger than 15 years old have a child each year. The majority of these teens are from low income or developing countries (OMS). Also, a teenage mother’s child is prone to be pregnant again. Consequently, poverty increases in countries that are already poor. On the other hand, the cost of having a child is very expensive because you need someone to take care of your child if you work or study, and the basic needs are the same.
Second, most pregnant teens don’t finish their studies. For instance, education is another important issue because our future depends on it and teenagers sometimes haven’t finished high school or they haven’t begun university yet. Frequently, they stop studying to take care of their baby when they realize they are pregnant. Also, they often don’t find help from their parents because of their parents’ anger and the fact that they don’t know how to help. Consequently, the teenage mother can’t study and get a good job. Education affects our third consequence, which is emotional.
Third, this consequence is about a pregnant teen’s feelings that other people are ready to judge them although this situation is not their problem. There are different groups where they can find information and support for their situation like the family, a psychologist, the church, websites and government programs, but many times they don’t know how to find this support or they feel shame. As a consequence, they feel alone. This action of being alone can have terrible effects on their decisions, such as low self-esteem, loneliness, stress, confusion, etc. Listening to advice will help a person choose the best way for her situation.
To summarize, many aspects show that teenager mothers are more exposed to changing their methods of living according to their body’s fast development, relationships, and society that can help the teenage mothers or in contrast make her decisions a serious problem. To reverse this trend, we must think more carefully about our actions because all of them have consequences for ourselves and others like your families, other organizations like the government, and society. My advice is that people should recognize opportunities and make a good future for their children, whether they are alone or with an accompanying person. It’s essential that they think about the goals that they want to complete and adjust their timelines. Many continue studying, getting good jobs and making a good home. It is important to go to the organizations that give help to teenage mothers and babies and teach about physical health and emotional well-being to improve each day and make out better things of this situation. My second advice is that people listen and learn from their parents, teachers, and others who can teach good things and give good advice because they have lived longer and have a great deal more experience. Finally, people should set goals for the future and make a timeline to follow.
- Choré, Cinthia P. “Madres Adolescentes” Monografias.com April, 2012. Web. December 04, 2004.
- OMS. “El Embarazo en la Adolescencia” Organozacion Mundial de la Salud. September 2014. Web. December 04, 2016.
- Portafolio. “Embarazo en adolecentes frena desarrollo economico” ONU. Semtember 2, 2011. Web. December 14, 2016.