Department of General Studies,
Akperan Orshi Polytechnic (AOPOLY),
Gboko, Benue State.
e-mail: [email protected]
This paper focuses on premarital sex and teenage pregnancy, as it affects children’s wellbeing in our society. The term premarital sex has been defined as sex before marriage or out of wedlock. Two types of premarital sex were identified to include homosexual and heterosexual. Also, the factors influencing adolescent sexual behaviour such as age, gender, parents, school type and the mass media were properly examined. The paper also defined teenage as a period of adolescence, a period of life during which the growing individual makes the transition from childhood to adulthood. Teenage pregnancy has also been defined as pregnancy during the adolescent stage. Risks such as maternal morbidity, maternal mortality, toxaemia, low educational background, unemployment and poverty were identified to be associated with teenage pregnancy. Finally, preventive measures to control unwanted pregnancy such as abstinence, coitus interruptus, and barrier methods among others were recommended as necessary tools to reduce the unhealthy recurrence in the society.
Keywords: Premarital Sex, Teenage and Teenage Pregnancy