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Stereotypes of Teen Moms
There are many stereotypes of teen moms, most of them negative. This article discusses some of the stereotypes teen mothers must overcome such as being a high school dropout, poverty stricken, drug users, and more...Though more difficult, teen moms can succeed.
Understanding some of the stereotypes of teen moms can help teens and their parents learn about some of the stigmas and realities teen moms face. It can also help them to know that stereotypes are often false or exaggerated, and that many teen moms don't fit these stereotypes.
Many people have negative stereotypes of teen moms. Though statistics show that teen moms have a definite disadvantage in life, few of them fit all the stereotypes that many people have of them. In fact, teen moms come from all demographics and backgrounds, and make many different choices with their lives, resulting in different outcomes.
Here are some of the stereotypes that teen moms face:
Teens moms face many stereotypes. These stereotypes may be based on the situation of some teen moms, but they do not reflect all pregnant and parenting teens. Stereotypes can do a lot of harm to people who are already struggling and do not help anyone. If you are a teen mom, don't get bogged down in the stereotypes, but do look for help to overcome your individual challenges. If you know a teen mom, offer them caring and support, and don’t rely on stereotypes to determine what kind of person or mother they are.
N.C. Division of Social Servies and the Family and Children's Resource Program, Practice Notes, "Teen Pregnancy and Parenting: Myths and Realities" [online]
March of Dimes, "Teenage Pregnancy" [online]
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