Teenage pregnancy in the Black community

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Teenage pregnancy in the Black community

Teenage pregnancy in the Black community

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Teen pregnancy is where by a teenage girl (13-19yrs) attains motherhood. The population of teenage girls becoming mothers is increasing at an alarming rate. In the African American society, it is very common because of the level of poverty and not necessarily because of racial factors. Almost 20% (1 in every 4) of the African American children are born to teenage mothers (Stanley 25). This rate is more than twice of white girls of the same age. Teenage pregnancy and poverty goes hand in hand (Health 2006). A study conducted by Guttmacher Institute in the United States found out that 46% of teenagers aged 15-19 years are said to have had sex at least once.