I have decided to do my research on teen pregnancy and to use symbolic interactionism as my first short report. Symbolic interactionism are based on micro levels analysis, which focuses on small groups rather than on larger- scale social structures. It focus more on examining people’s day-to-day interactions and their behavior in groups. George Herbert Mead and Herbert Blumer are the ones who created this perspective. According to them symbolic interaction perspective is a society is the sum of the interactions of individuals and groups.
Behavior is learned in interaction with other people; how people define a situation becomes the foundation for how they behave (Kendall 2013, 2011) Teen pregnancy has always been an issue, but as time go by the reaction towards it has a different outcome for each time period. Now in today’s era teen pregnancy is more common to the point where it’s normalize. In the late 1960s teen pregnancy was really acknowledge publicly. Schools started to discriminate against pregnant teens, they didn’t want other girls to copy them by getting pregnant. By 1970s congress passed Title IX but it only did little from school to stop the discriminations.
It wasn’t until the early 1970s, it was common for pregnant teens to be missed treated (Fershee 2009).
While facing the severe realities of teen pregnancy is not pleasant, it must be assumed as any other pregnancy. Do you agree? Teen pregnancy, seen as getting pregnant before 18, is one of the most difficult experiences a young person might ever face when it interrupts school or other future plans. Many people think it is irrational and those pregnancies must be interrupted. It is my opinion that ...
Now days there are many teens who have the rights to go to school. Some teens may still have a hard time in school because of they are pregnant in school but other peers, but they are not discriminated by the school because of this reason. Using symbolic interactionism and teen pregnancy because of the girls being pregnant society thought they were a bad symbol and they didn’t want to other girls to follow in their footsteps. In 2008 the teen pregnancy rate reached the historical low rate.
The U. S. teen pregnancy rate has plummeted 40% between 1990 and 2008 (the most recent data available) and is now at a historic low, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
The teen pregnancy rate in 2008 now stands at 70 per 1,000 women age 15-19, down from its 1990 peak of 117 per 1,000. Other highlights from the report include: Between 1990 and 2008, rates of teen pregnancy have declined by almost one-half among non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks, and by about one-third among Hispanic teens.