Denormalizing a Historical Problem: Teen Pregnancy, Policy, and Public Health Action
Abstract:Objective : To explore the impact of teen-adult sexual relationships as a public health threat and the effectiveness of statutory rape laws in protecting adolescent children.
Methods : A comprehensive review of current literature surrounding child abuse, teen pregnancy, and statutory rape was conducted.
Results : Of one million teen girls who become pregnant each year, two-thirds may be the victims of statutory rape. Current laws appear to marginalize the severity of teen- adult sexual relationships, compromising the health and safety of adolescent children.
Conclusions : Public health recommendations which include public policy change and enforcement, education, and community empowerment are offered.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2007-03-01
The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.
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