The previous post illuminated some very strong areas of thought. If I could also propose that the educational variable can be quite persuasive. Students who are encouraged from an early age to challenge themselves through study and education might minimize the impact of involving themselves in a situation where teen pregnancy might be a reality. This does not say that "honors students do not have teen pregnancy issues," but rather suggests that education can be a variable in this equation. The overriding issue in teen pregnancy for the most part is how students, particularly girls, wind up in such a scenario. Examining the role of education, its importance, and its results in this dynamic could be a very compelling variable. It might also be interesting to track the pattern of education leading up to pregnancy. How did the student fare in classroom assessments and how was their overall attitude towards succeeding in school? These might be questions that could initiate a great deal of debate within the teen pregnancy question. As long as we are examining potential factors which will impact the debate, I would also like to posit the element of psychology. How does one's psychological makeup fit into the schematic of teen pregnancy? For example, are children from abused homes who are victims of abuse or assault themselves more likely or less likely to engage in behavior which could result in teen pregnancy? These are issues that have a strong tendency to cut across class or economic lines and analyze the pure state of the problem.
Here is a list of possible variables that may be related to economic and social status of people who become parents at young age.
- Social and economic background of the young parents and how the culture in different background affects a person becoming young parent. Here the hypothesis will be that people from a particular type of social and economical background are more likely become young parents, and that people from such backgrounds are also likely to have lower economic and social status in their later life.
- Career objectives and motivations of people. Here the hypothesis could be that people who are more focused on career objectives of improving their social and economic status are less likely to indulge in kind of behavior that leads to incidence of becoming young parent.
- Personality traits of young parents. For example it may be possible to find some common personality traits that are more common in both young parents and people who have lower economic and social status. For example, one of the hypothesis could be that young parents are more likely to have short-term rather than long-term orientation in life. The hypothesis may be further extended to the proposition that long-term orientation people are likely to achieve higher economic and social status.
- Social and economic burden of parenting. The hypothesis in this case could be that young parents have lower economic and social status because of the time and money they are forced to incur on their children at younger age, which leaves them with less resources for pursuing activities that contribute to improvement in social and economic status.
- Social acceptability. Here the hypothesis could be that in some way the society has some prejudices against young parents, create barriers in their social and economic development.