So what I and others have been saying about self-esteem and importance of girls growing and being raised with self worth is quite true. A recent Center for Disease Control study revealed that a quarter of Teen moms replying to a survey got pregnant because they failed to use protection out of pressure from their partner or boyfriends.
The new government study, released today, showed that a lot of girls are sheerly CLUELESS about the odds of their getting pregnant.
In a survey of thousands of teen moms who had unintended pregnancies, a whopping one third said they got pregnant because they did not use birth control and most of them said they didn’t think you could get pregnant the first time having sex.
“This report underscores how much misconception, ambivalence and magical thinking put teens at risk for unintended pregnancy,” Bill Albert, a spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy told the Associated Press.
Specifically, almost 5,000 teen girls in 19 states who had unplanned babies between 2004 and 2008 mailed in questionnaires and responded to follow up telephone inquiries.
Half responding said they were NOT using any birth control at all when they got pregnant.
About 13 percent of those not using contraception said they didn’t because they had trouble getting it.
These findings echo and amplify the importance of parents being open and honest with their kids and of talking to their girls especially about valuing themselves, their futures and bodies enough to not succumb to pressure. It also speaks to the importance of counseling programs and other nonprofit and governmental efforts to educate young girls too, for those who may not live in stable homes or with parents and guardians capable of giving them “the talk.”
Also, parents of boys must also educate them on the importance of not being irresponsible as well because by not using protection they too risk catching a host of STDs, including HIV.