Teenage Sex Survey Indicates Changing Attitude Toward Pregnancy

Sasha Brown-Worsham
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Teenagers may be starting to accept a variety of different scenarios for pregnancy, according to a recent article in USA Today.

Although the overall teen pregnancy rate hasn't changed significantly in the last decade, the attitudes toward mothers who are pregnant outside of marriage or at a young age have changed dramatically.

Consider this:

"The percentage of male teens who responded 'agree' or 'strongly agree' with the statement 'It is OK for an unmarried female to have a child' increased from 50 percent in 2002 to 64 percent in 2006-2008," according to USA Today.

The changing attitudes could be reflective of the culture in which we live, where nearly 40 percent of babies in 2007 were born to unwed mothers.

"Teens don't live in a vacuum ... what they see adults doing around them is going to reflect in their own behaviors and attitudes," Laura Lindberg, a senior research associate at the Guttmacher Institute, told USA Today.

In Hollywood alone, the number of out-of-wedlock births is significant, and while I'm not one to think we should all emulate Hollywood, I say this is good.

The fact that we're expanding our view of what defines a family or what age one should have a child is a positive thing. I'm not suggesting that teen pregnancy itself is a good thing, but I do think the fact that young people in the United States are recognizing that families come in all shapes and sizes is progress, indeed.

How do you interpret this? Do you also view single motherhood differently than you did before?


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