Life After Dropping Out

Posted by Amber White on

So what is life like for teens after they drop out of high school?  In most cases, living in poverty becomes a very possible reality.  According to the National Conference of State Legislatures website, poverty is said to be “both a cause and a consequence of teen pregnancy and childbearing.”  Most young unmarried women are poor and at least 25 percent go on welfare within the first three years of their child’s life.  Because these mothers are not well educated, they tend to not have a lot of economic opportunities which effects their earnings.  In fact, over the past 20 year olds the income for high school drop-outs has fallen another 28 percent.  Only 20 percent of the fathers actually marry the mothers, so child support becomes a much needed income source for single parent families who actually get it.  The support usually isn’t much (some fathers paying less than $800 a year) because most of the teen fathers are poor themselves and their lack of education doesn’t help when trying to find ‘good’ jobs.  These economic hardships span generations meaning that there is less hope for the offspring for these teens.  The children end up having behavioral and emotional issues which usually results in them lashing out and/or repeating their parents’ mistakes.

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