The Effects of Teen Pregnancy on Children
Children from homes ran by teenage mothers have to face many obstacles in

life. The incidents of depression and mental health problems, the lack of

father figures, high rate of poverty. Are just a few obstacles connected to

children in homes run by teenage mothers. Children of teenage mothers are

put at a serious disadvantage when compared to children raised in a “normal”

family. Many people believe that the lack of sex education in schools and

the addition of more federal aid for single parents are major causes for the

country's high rate of teen pregnancies. When the true purpose of sex

education and federal aid is to help strengthen the mother and her child so

that they can eventually lead productive lives.

The absence of a father figure in the home brings a chain reaction of problems that sometime seems never ending. The emotional problems that children suffer because there is no father in their life can be almost hazardous to their future. Many children tend to be effected mentally because these powerful emotions have the strength to do permanent damage in a child's life. Children may experience sadness and depression, aggressive behavior, frequent illness, difficulty in school, eating problems, and sleeping disorders.

(Duncan, S. & Edwards, R)

Many children also suffer from various social difficulties and self-esteem problems that come along with living in a one-parent household. The pressure that children raised by teenage parents go through is tremendous. Children who don't have fathers present in the

home often feel unloved. There is nothing as painful as parental rejection and there is probably no worse of a way to wreck a person's life. Children are attention seekers, if you sit back and watch a child you will notice that they will do almost anything in the world to get someone to notice them. When a child is missing a parent in the home they will reach out and try to get the attention of just about anyone who will give it to them, just because they are longing for that missing attention. Other children react just the opposite, if they are not used to a person of the opposite or same sex giving them attention they may become very shy or even scared because they do not know how to react around that person.

Males are affected differently by the absence of a father than females are. A boy needs a male role model in his life so that he can learn how to become a man. Children who don't have good role models often choose negative, tasteless characters to mold themselves after. These children become drawn to many of the dangerous risks associated with children who are raised by teenage parents. "Males that grow up in one-parent homes may gain negative personality traits like immaturity, laziness, and disrespect for women (Meurer, Meurer, & Holloway,1996)."

Females who grow up without fathers in the home usually end up having pre-marital sex . (Duncan, S. & Edwards, R ) " They subconsciously want to make up for the affection that they didn't receive from their fathers. They become too dependent on men because they want someone who can replace their father. These women usually don't know how to relate to other males and they have the wrong idea about what a relationship should be like. In my opinion this is how the whole cycle of teenage pregnancy repeats itself.

Girls may even grow up to hate men because of resentment toward absent fathers. The change from the traditional nuclear family to one-parent homes has been fast paced in the United States. "In many Western industrialized societies, the one-parent family is becoming more common and tolerated (. Duncan, S. & Edwards, R)." However they often have not proven to be successful.

"Since 1970, the percentage of children living with single parents has doubled, from 12 to 27 percent, because of the increases in the divorce rate and the number of unmarried parents. Single parent families now include more than 18 million children and comprise the most common non-nuclear family (Meurer, Meurer, & Holloway,1996)."

This is an outrageous statistic considering the fact that crime and poverty is directly related to children who are raised by teenage parents. People who are faced with the