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Explain teen pregnancy from a sociological perspective.

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In looking at teen pregnancy from a social perspective, there are many factors that need to be considered. There are various reasons for teen pregnancy. These include drug and alcohol abuse, lack of knowledge about contraception, family issues, and limited sex education.

Various sociological factors need to be considered. Sometimes, young women feel that they will be perceived as older and more responsible if they have a child. They also might feel that getting pregnant will not happen to them. Therefore, they are willing to take risks that ultimately could lead to pregnancy.

Family history may also be a factor. Sometimes, teens rebel against their parents. In other cases, teens know their parents had children as teenagers and believe this practice is acceptable.

Teens who get pregnant are more likely to have less education and lower income. They may also have less access to quality medical care. These factors will also like impact the society as a whole; social programs will be needed to...

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