Teenagers face issues that require them to make costly decisions each and every day.
While some risky behaviors such as teen overdoses are on the rise, others, like teen pregnancy, are actually declining.
Teenage pregnancy is defined as an unintended pregnancy during adolescence and teenage years.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 194,377 babies were born in 2017 to 15 to 19 year-olds.
The United States saw a drop in teen pregnancy of 7 percent from 2016 to 2017, but the U. number of teen pregnancies is still higher than in most industrialized countries.
Peer pressure has the potential to cloud good reasoning skills and engage in risk-taking behavior that might not otherwise be present.
Teenagers may have sex as a way to appear cool and sophisticated, but in some cases the end result is an unplanned teen pregnancy.
Psychology Today indicates that one-third of boys feel pressured to have sex, compared with 23 percent of girls.
Uncertainty about the future may arise when a teen is pregnant.
A teen may feel she does not have enough knowledge to be a mother.