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It would make sense that teenage mothers have a lot of psychological stress in their lives, but a new study shows that the distress comes before the pregnancy, not because of it. The study, published in the September issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior , used data from two large long-term U. Participants responded to items on symptoms associated with depression, such as how often they found things that did not usually bother them to be bothersome, how easily they could shake off feeling blue or whether they had trouble concentrating. Only the combination of poverty and existing distress was a good predictor of teen pregnancy. Previous studies had shown high levels of depression among teen mothers, but nationally representative studies had not examined if distress was present before the pregnancy and stresses of young motherhood. Looking for symptoms of depression or distress should be part of normal health screening for all teenagers, said Diane Merritt, M. Responsible behavior would include the use of birth control if the teenager were sexually active.
Langham served as a senior writer for "The Herald" magazine from D in family psychology from Capella University. Langham published her first psychological thriller in September It can be purchased on Amazon. Approximately 1 million teenage women become pregnant each year, according to the American Medical Network.
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