Posted by: CR | 2008/07/18

Teenage Pregnancy

We recently found out our 18 year old boy slept with a 16 year old girl and now she is pregnant.

What are we to do? We didn' t, up to now believed in abortions but these two doesn' t know what they are in for. The same thing happened to the girls mother when she was younger and ended up divorsed after a couple of months due to violence from the dad. The mother though are so exited about this, she even went to start buying baby clothes the same day they found out the girl is pregnant. One would have thought that the mother would not try to put her girl through the same type of agony.

The young girl and her mother both suffers from depression. So much that the girl was taken out of school at the age of 14. She has also tried committing suicide a couple of times and has cut herself as recently as 2 months ago. I am not sure whether she is taking any medication but I know for a fact she is not in therapy.

Please help!!!!!

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Sad. He sounds immature and unworldly for 18 --- hasn't he heard of contraception and the risk of pregnancy ? Maybe her mother welcomes the idea and avoids being critical just because she herself was in the same situation, and prhaps is trying to treat her daughter as she wishes she herself had been treated. In view of the girl's prior and recent psych history, a prompt assessment from a good local shrink, and a discussion of how this situation is likely to affect her, would be wise

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