MCDB 150 - Lecture 20 - Teen Sexuality and Teen Pregnancy

Lecture 20 - Teen Sexuality and Teen Pregnancy


Rates of teen pregnancy in the US are quite high, in contrast to European countries which have much lower rates, especially those with liberal attitudes toward sexuality. Traditionally, puberty and marriage were simultaneous. Now, the many years spent in education leaves a long time between those life stages. Sex education is not particularly strong. Contraception has allowed the rate of teen pregnancy to decrease steadily in spite of the fact that teen sex is consistently increasing. Non-marital childbearing is high in all industrialized countries.



Dash, When Children Want Children, pp. 11-15, 46-48, 51, 70-74, 103-105, 124-128, 142-145, 172-175

Zezima, "Spike in School's Pregnancies Leads to Report..."

Luker, Dubious Conceptions, pp. 60-80, 106-108

Thompson, Going All the Way, pp. 3-39

Rosenbaum, "Reborn a Virgin..."

Cohen, "Delayed Marriage..."

Trenholm, Impacts of Four Title V...

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