Running head: GROUP PROPOSAL 1
GROUP PROPOSAL 2
Why group is Appropriate in Addressing Teenage Pregnancies; Introduction Part
Parents should lead in exploring the causes of teen pregnancies in US, coming up with the possible solutions to teenage pregnancies, and offering advisory services to the society regarding the impact of teen pregnancies on social lives of the people in the society. Despite of these duties, parenting teens is currently posed with many challenges as many external factors distract the youth; hence, becoming challenging to the parents undertaking the parenting roles regarding teenage pregnancies (Patel & Sen, 2011). A group of parents would be essential to join up their effort in ensuring valuable results in regard to the overall struggle to end teenage pregnancies. Adults are needed to be there for the youth, to communicate with them concerning life issues, and spend time with them in their endeavors so as to guide them where possible (Patel & Sen, 2011). These actions should be done as teens go through many peer-related challenges in their youthful stages so that they can feel that adults have a genuine interest with them.
Diaz & Fiel, (2016) provides the positive parenting practices that can be further explored. According to his research, parenting teen is a difficult task but the parents have an obligation to ensure that the mentor their children in a positive manner. There are many outside influences that distract the teens and pose challenges to their behaviors. Such stuff also pose challenges to the parenting behavior, hence; engaging group when parenting will help in efficient solving of such problems. Diaz & Fiel, (2016) states that youth need adults closer to them since they cannot manage the challenges facing them which might later distract behavior. The essence of integrating the parental effort to address youth issues is to ensure that different ideologies from different parents are in practiced depending on the respective challenge that needs addressing.
A key parental responsibility is assisting the teens to understand matters concerning their lives both now and in future. They should be made aware that the outcome of their actions in future depends on their choices that they make today. By engaging in positive parenting, the adults or rather parents will be able to help the teens to make healthier choices than what they could have made by themselves especially if they integrate their opinions concerning how to help them (Diaz & Fiel, 2016). Therefore, the challenges affecting teens concerning teenage pregnancies should be addressed by a group of parents or adults for effective outcome to be realized. The group will purposely be intended for the America society specifically targeting the teens’ pregnancy; its likely causes and the possible solutions to them.
There are various topics that addresses the parenting practices. According to Gubrium, et al. (2016), these topics includes the parental monitoring, father’s influence, parental influence on antisocial practices such as gays’ practices and lesbianism, and the parent-teen communication. Having learnt the parenting practices, then parents can join efforts as a group to learn the respective protective methods and how to focus on these practices respectively (Gubrium, et al. 2016). For example, parents can learn ways in which they can promote positivity on the health results for the antisocial activities such as those of the gays and lesbians. On the other hand, parents can learn how effective monitoring practices can be helpful in addressing teens’ challenges and making healthy decisions while encouraging them to avoid risky behaviors.
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Gubrium, A. C., Fiddian-Green, A., Jernigan, K., & Krause, E. L. (2016). Bodies as evidence: Mapping new terrain for teen pregnancy and parenting. Global Public Health, 11(5-6), 618-635.
Patel, P. H., & Sen, B. (2011). Teen Motherhood and Long-Term Health Consequences. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 16(5), 1063-1071.