Poverty Cycles in Utah: how teen mothers hurt themselves, their children, and society

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Publication Type thesis
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Economics
Author Bryner, Karly Elizabeth
Title Poverty Cycles in Utah: how teen mothers hurt themselves, their children, and society
Date 2013-08
Description In the current economic climate, reducing poverty and the number of persons on public assistance is a paramount issue. There are millions of Americans who are impoverished and whose children are likely to stay that way. Teenage motherhood is a huge risk factor for women and their families for entering into poverty. Teen births cost the public $86 million a year in Utah alone. By reducing the number of adolescents who become pregnant, health care, welfare, and education costs would decrease while tax revenue and education completion rates would increase. This paper analyzes the relationships between teenage pregnancies and poverty. There is a profile of women in poverty in both the United States and Utah, focusing on female-headed households and children. Second, an analysis of the current sex education system on the national and state levels will provided insight into the gap of what teenagers learn in school and what they do not. Thirdly, the causes and consequences of teenage pregnancies are scrutinized. Finally, recommendations are made for the sex education system to increase knowledge and decrease risk factors of teen births. There are also proposals for how to help the students, parents, and the teachers increase communication and continuity in the sex education process. Reducing the amount of children born to mothers who themselves are still children in many ways would benefit society as whole. There are economic and moral incentives for decreasing teenage birth rates across the state, as well as the nation.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Female poverty; Sex education; Teen motherhood; Teen pregnancy; Utah
Dissertation Institution University of Utah
Dissertation Name Master of Science
Language eng
Rights Management Copyright © Karly Elizabeth Bryner 2013
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 385,358 bytes
Identifier etd3/id/2499
ARK ark:/87278/s6rr56c7
Setname ir_etd
Date Created 2013-11-13
Date Modified 2017-05-24
ID 196075
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6rr56c7