Also in Washington, D.C., the rate of teenage pregnancies for girls twelve to fifteen years of age increased between 1984 and 1986, while the rate for teens fifteen to nineteen ears of age remained stable. An even more dramatic statistic from 1986 is the observation that 309 adolescents in the District of Columbia gave birth to a second child, while 49 gave birth to a third child.
The high teenage pregnancy rates in the District of Columbia are attributable to: (1) early sexual activity with multiple partners, often without effective use of birth control, (2) drug abuse, and (3) lack of appropriate information on birth control advice and devices. When efforts have been implemented to teach teenagers effective methods of birth control, those efforts have had little impact in the nation's capitol and across the country. Researchers argue that the reason the rate of teenage pregnancies remains constant is that there is no sole criterion for determining causes and/or devising solutions. From a sociological point of view, "one must also realize that the targeted group (teen parents) may view the problem differently than mainstream society. Therefore, one must be mindful that the wider societal view and expectations of an appropriate time to procreate is not in sync with the realities of life for those teens who become pregnant."
The reality of life is that the sexual revolution of the 1960s has had a particularly devastating impact on the lives of Af