Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Teen Pregnancies Affect Dads, Too

“Teen pregnancy is not just about girls. It is also affects young men and their future. We need to nurture, guide, and inspire young men in our communities to make healthy decisions,” says Janet Realini, MD, MPH, President of the Healthy Futures Alliance.

Men who have a child young in life encounter a lot of difficult challenges. Many drop out of school, change their career plans and face increased emotional and financial stress. What’s worse is these young men often don’t develop a good or long lasting relationship with their child, which ultimately affects the child. According to The National Fatherhood Initiative, children without involved dads are “twice as likely to drop out of school, twice as likely to abuse alcohol or drugs, twice as likely to end up in jail, and two to three times more likely to need help for emotional or behavioral problems.”

“Teen pregnancy is 100 percent preventable,” adds Dr. Realini. “Texas must take steps to ensure every teen has what they need to succeed — and to postpone pregnancy until they are adults ready for the challenges of parenthood.”

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