SO 330 Park Univ Dubious Conceptions The Controversy Over Teen Pregnancy Response – Assignment Help

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  1. What do Nichols and Good argue about sex education? What did the Surgeon General argue? Do you agree or disagree? Defend your position.

Nichols and Good (2004) argues that if you ask teens, most of them want to learn about sex from their parents. If you ask parents, most of them say, they want their children to learn about sex through the school system. (Nichols & Good, 2004, p.106). A 2003 survey of youth and parents confirmed that adolescents and their parents want and need more information about sex. 88% of both parents and teens reported that sexual health issues were the biggest problems, above sexual violence and other physical violence. (Nichols & Good, 2004, p.107). The Surgeon General’s 2001 report argued the importance of addressing the sexual health of all Americans. The report described the effectiveness of programs on youth sexual health. (Nichols & Good, 2004, p.107). In an exploratory comparison of abstinence- only versus comprehensive sexual health education programs, the report found abstinence-only approaches to be ineffective and so diverse in content emphasis that is difficult to even establish what the core program components are. (Nichols & Good, 2004, p.107. The report sparked several conversations because the Bush Administration wanted to move away from the report due to political backlash associated with addressing the sexual health of American youth teenagers.

In my opinion, I think this a topic that needs to addressed and talked about because some parents do not teach sexual education to their children and then it’s on the children to learn about this stuff on their own. I think the abstinence-only approach is ineffective in many cases as well because some teens don’t understand the implication of sex and get pregnant at an early age and this derails their life because most have to start working and drop out of school to support their children. I believe the sexual education classes that I received through school helped me learn about the dos and don’ts of sex starting at an early age. If these classes aren’t taught in school, I believe that they should be brought back because it is a good educational tool for students. These classes are just as important as financial classes and other life skills are taught in schools.


Nichols, S. L., & Good, T. L. (2004). Americas teenagers – myths and realities: Media images, schooling, and the social costs of careless indifference. Mahwah, N.J: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Alexandrea Drennan

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  1. Luker discusses changes in the social context that has changed why we think of the teenage pregnancy as a social problem. Discuss what she argues.

“Americans have imagined that the persistence of poverty and other social problems can be traced to youngsters who are too impulsive or too ignorant to postpone sexual activity, to use contraception, to seek an abortion.” When it is put like this Americans tend to be influenced that to reduce poverty rates and any social problems is it to reduce teen birth rates. Persuading teenagers to put off there childbearing years by abortion, abstinence, sex education and or contraceptives more available to teens. Luker states how teen childbearing is similar to the rates of poor countries. All the reasons, and remedies for teen pregnancy is more complicated than many of us can understand, especially abortion it is such a touchy subject and this is not talked about often enough or the after effects on woman and their mental state. “teen mothers are poorer than women who wait past their twentieth birthday to have a child.” Reducing teen pregnancy is and would be a great thing you hear it all the time “babies raising babies” there are many teens having babies, it is something I do not understand when I was a teen I was wanting to be outside or playing sports. The rates keep rising as the years pass.

Luker discusses the history of teen pregnancy, ” Pregnancy was defined as a social problem primarily when a woman was unmarried; no one thought anything amiss when an eighteen- or nineteen-year-old got married and had children. ” During the mid1970s. In 1975 there was a meeting where there was a million teen pregnancies a year. almost two-thirds of the “million pregnant teenagers” were eighteen-and nineteen-year old’s; about 40 percent of them were married, and about two-thirds of the married women were married prior to the pregnancy.

Dubious Conceptions: The Controversy Over Teen Pregnancy – The American Prospect

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