The Journey of a New Wife

{September 21, 2011}   Fact or Myth? Teen Birth Rates Have Increased since the 1950s

I am going to try something new with this blog. Yes this is a blog about my life as a new wife but as those of you know me personally I am full of useless knowledge! Once a week I am going to post a blog called Fact or Myth. I want you to carefully read over each blog entry and then in the comments section I want you to tell me if it is a fact or if is a myth. Also please explain the reasoning  behind your choice (ie prior knowledge, research, or common sense).

Teen Birth Rates Have Increased since the 1950s

Trends show that teen birth rates have increased since the 1950s. This directly correlates with the breakdown of the nuclear family. As divorce rates and premarital sex rates rise so do those of teen pregnancies. It has become the norm for teens to become pregnant prior to graduating college. Years prior when mothers stayed at home and fathers were the bread winners premarital sex was the exception not the rule. It was a stigma on your family and a disgrace in the eyes of the community for a young girl to become pregnant outside of the bounds of matrimony. These days it is not only the norm but it is expected. All you have to do is turn on the TV and you are bombarded with shows such as Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant. Showing young girls that having a child at a young age is not such a bad thing at all. On that thought there was also the Lifetime movie ‘The Pregnancy Pact’ which followed a group of teenage girls that went to great lengths to get pregnant. Parents tell there children that these things did not occur when they were their age because it was forbidden. Family and marriage were valued.

Is the above post Fact or Myth?


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