Why do teenagers become pregnant?
There are several theories about why some teenagers become pregnant.
These include wanting someone to love them, being heavily influenced
by the sexual messages in the media, living in negative family environments,
not having clear goals for the future, not understanding how to
prevent pregnancy, being sexually abused as child, and peer pressure.
In reality, when a teenager becomes pregnant, it is probably a combination of the factors listed above, as well as other unidentified reasons over which the teenager may have little or no control.
Lynn Blinn Pike, Ph.D., Former Human Development & Family Studies Specialist, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Thursday, February 21, 2013