Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
After over a decade of steadily declining, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2008) reports a 3 percent increase in the teenage pregnancy rate. More than 750,000 teenagers become pregnant each year. High school students, who had attended Fieldview Middle School, and who are now teen parents or currently pregnant were interviewed for this project. The objective was to see what teenagers remember learning about their sex education and what they feel they should have learned. The research also compared comprehensive-based sex education, which is used in Fieldview Middle School, with abstinence-based sex education. Through this study I realized that sex education is just one of many factors that affect teen pregnancy. Parents and the community also play a big role in this issue. This is the reason why parents need to be more informed about teenage pregnancy. Pamphlets about the risk of teenage pregnancy were donated by a local health clinic and put where parents can easily obtain them. Pamphlets about the responsibilities of parenting were also taken to a local school.
Mendoza, Lorena L., "What do teens know? : improving sex education for middle school students in southern Monterey County" (2008). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 455.