Babies Having Babies: The Psychological Effects of Pregnancy on Teenage Women

                                                                        Sean Powers

I. Background

A.     Sound bites from the two girls in this program saying when they got pregnant

B.     Introduction to Program

            1.   Title of Program

2.      Segments to look for

a.       Why Do Teen Women Have Sex?

b.      Abuse that Psychologically Hurts a Teen.

c.       The Types of Abuse that a Teenage Mother Inflicts on her Child.

d.      How a Teenager Tells Her Parents that She’s Pregnant.

e.       The Lifestyle Changes a Teenage Woman Faces Before & After She Has Her Child.

f.        What are the Options Opened up to Pregnant Teens?

g.       Conclusion

3.      Guests on Program

a.       Author of Teen Moms: The Pain and the Promise, Evelyn Lerman

b.      Social Worker at Homewood-Flossmoor High school, Terry Comerford

c.       Counselor from Aunt Marthas, Shannon Kane

d.      A pregnant teen who will be referred to as, “Tara”

e.       A teen with a child who will be referred to as, “Ashley”            

 

II. Why Do Teen Women Have Sex?

            A. Neglect

1.      Evelyn Lerman, Terry Comerford, and Shannon Kane explain how neglect can play a powerful role in a teen to have sex.

2.      By Evelyn Lerman

3.      By Terry Comerford

4.      By Shannon Kane

5.      Teens without father figures in their lives might be interested in having a close, personal relationship with a guy. Evelyn Lerman and Shannon Kane explain.

6.      By Evelyn Lerman

7.      By Shannon Kane

8.      Teen women who are neglected are three times as likely to neglect their own children.  Many teens that become pregnant go through some sort of depression before getting pregnant. 

B. Depression

1.      Most teenage women are naturally depressed after getting pregnant, but many are depressed prior to even having sex. Evelyn Lerman explains how depression can play a role for teens to have sex.

2.      By Evelyn Lerman

3.      “Tara” explains how she felt before getting pregnant.

4.      Teenage women are seven times more likely to commit suicide once they become pregnant.

C. Peer Pressure

1.      Teens who do not have a guardian to guide them in the right direction are more likely to have sex from peer pressure.  Evelyn Lerman talks about the best way to fight peer pressure.

2.      By Evelyn Lerman

3.      Without a strong, healthy relationship with a guardian, peer pressure might by extremely difficult if not impossible to overcome.  Twenty-five percent of all teens have sexual intercourse due to peer pressure.

4.      “Tara” talks about the events that lead up to her having sex while still in high school.

5.      By “Tara”

D. The Media

1.      Another strong influence on teens to have sex comes from the media.  Terry Comerford explains how the media can have a powerful influence over teens to have sex. Terry Comerford.

2.      By Terry Comerford

 

III. Abuse that Psychologically Hurts a Teen.          

A. A Relationship that Gradually becomes Abusive

2.      Not all relationships between a woman and a guy start off abusive. Terry Comerford explains.

3.      By Terry Comerford

4.      Despite the abuse, a woman might not want to leave her male companion or notify anyone.  Shannon Kane Explains.

5.      By Shannon Kane.          

B. Sexual Abuse from a Guardian

1.      A teenage woman is more likely to be abused by a man that her mother is dating or married to that is not biologically related to her as opposed to a man that is.  Serious psychological trauma can occur to the woman from this.  Shannon Kane explains

2.      By Shannon Kane.

3.      Shannon Kane continues with why it would be hard for a teen to tell her mother about this type of abuse.

4.      By Shannon Kane.

5.      Teen women who are abused in any way are three times as likely to subject their children to some form of abuse.

 

IV. The Types of Abuse that a Teenage Mother Inflicts on her Child.

         A.   Passive Abuse

1.        Evelyn Lerman explains what passive abuse is.

B.   Active Abuse

1.      Evelyn Lerman explains what active abuse is.

 

V. How a Teenager Tells Her Parents that She’s Pregnant.

A. When to tell parents.

1.      “Tara” and “Ashley” tell how long it took them to tell their parents that they were pregnant.

2.      By “Tara”

3.      By “Ashley”

4.      Terry Comerford explains why it is important for a pregnant teen to tell her parents that she is pregnant.

B. Best way to organize to plan for telling your parents

1.      Shannon Kane explains why it is a good idea for a woman to talk to people she trusts before telling her parents.

2.      By Shannon Kane

3.      “Tara” and “Ashley” tell whom they first told that they were pregnant.

4.      By “Tara”

5.      By “Ashley”

6.      Sometimes in might be better for both the parents and the teenage woman to have someone present when they deliver the news.  Terry Comerford explains why this might be a better way for the teen to deliver the news to their parents.

7.      By Terry Comerford

 

VI. The Lifestyle Changes a Teenage Woman Faces Before & After She Has Her Child.

            A. Positive Lifestyle Changes

1.      For many teenage women who were involved in drugs, gangs, and violence, getting pregnant might be their ticket out of the dark world they once lived. Evelyn Lerman explains.

2.      By Evelyn Lerman

3.      Some teens that had to take care of many siblings before getting pregnant will not experience a huge negative impact on their lives.  Terry Comerford explains 

4.      By Terry Comerford.

B.  Negative Lifestyle Changes

1.      “Tara” explains how her life has changed since becoming pregnant.

2.      By “Tara”

3.      “Ashley” explains how her life has changed since having a child

4.      By “Ashley”

 

VII. What are the Options Opened up to Pregnant Teens?

A.     Adoption

1.      Shannon Kane explains what an open and closed adoption are.

2.      Serious psychological problems can form for a teen mom after giving her child up for adoption.  Shannon Kane explains these problems

3.      By Shannon Kane

B.     Abortion

1.      Another option for pregnant teens is an abortion that involves terminating the pregnancy.  The side affects from an abortion includes a series of emotions that last for a short period of times.  These emotions include anger, guilt, regret, or sadness.  If a woman if feeling these emotions six weeks after getting an abortion, she is advised to seek counseling.

VIII. Conclusion

            A. Summary of show

            B. Credits