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There are a lot of risk factors that contribute to adolescent pregnancy. These factor can be classified as individual, social and family risk factors. Individual risk factors include drug and alcohol use, poor school performance, being the victim of sexual abuse, lack of knowledge about sex or contraception, negative attitude towards using contraception, lack of goals for the future and having sex at a young age. Social risk factors include pressure from peers to have sex, poor peer relationships, dating at an early age and dating older people. Family risk factors include limited communication between parents and teen, single-parent families, poor parental supervision, negative family interactions and family history of teenage pregnancies. Even though the exact cause is unknown the teen pregnancy rate in my state has decreased. The teen birth rate in Florida declined 73% between 1991 and 2017 and the teen pregnancy rate, which includes all pregnancies rather than just those that resulted in a birth, has also fallen steeply, by 66 % between 1988 and 2013. Some resources available at my state and community include the Teen Age Parenting Program (TAPP), Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC), and community pregnancy clinics .TAPP is a step-by-step educational and hands on program providing prenatal well-care education for expecting mothers, parenting techniques for future parents and for parents with children 0 -5 years old. WIC is a supplemental food and nutrition education program funded by federal and state governments to make nutritious foods available to women, infants and children. Community Pregnancy Clinics includes services such as: pregnancy testing, ultrasound exams, pre-natal education classes, material assistance, and STI screening.


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