Are teenage fathers involved?
Many & Diverse Reactions
Teenage men’s reactions to pregnancy are many and diverse, and depend on his financial security, willingness to embrace change and accepting the responsibility of fathering. A man can choose to be involved in the pregnancy or to reject it.
Some reasons why he may not feel ready for a child.
Expenses – especially if he is still at school or college. Pregnancy itself needn’t be expensive, but the real strain on the bank balance starts when essential baby equipment must be obtained.
Lifestyle – not ready to give up an enjoyable, flexible lifestyle. If the father is still at the stage where he enjoys wild nights out or needs to have at least one holiday abroad each year, having a baby will put these on hold.
It is wrongly assumed that the adolescent father is unconcerned about the pregnant girl, her safety or the well-being of the child. If he accepted the pregnancy and wants to be involved, it is important to include him in planning alternative solutions regarding the child’s future.