Inteen pregnancy rates were 44 percent lower than in The bad news is twofold. One, the U.
Virtually all of the growth of single-parent families in recent decades has been driven by an increase in births outside marriage. Divorce rates have leveled off or declined modestly since the early s and thus have not contributed to the rising proportion of children being raised by only one parent nor to the increase in child poverty and welfare dependence associated with the rise in single-parent families. Not all non-marital births are to teen-agers.
Teenage pregnancyalso known as adolescent pregnancyis pregnancy in a female under the age of Pregnant teenagers face many of the same pregnancy related issues as other women. There are additional concerns for those under the age of 15 as they are less likely to be physically developed to sustain a healthy pregnancy or to give birth.
Efforts are currently under way to explore strategies to reduce teen childbearing and its associated negative outcomes for parents, children, and society. Teen pregnancy is estimated to cost U. Additionally, the Affordable Care Act, passed inaims to improve access to recommended health care services for the entire population, including adolescents. The law expands health insurance coverage for teens, and offers new support for preventive services, innovative models of care, and clinical training, all of which have implications for teen pregnancy in the United States.
The remarkable drop in birth rates among teenagers hides a large gap between urban and rural teens. Between andteen birth rates dropped 50 percent in large urban counties and just 37 percent in rural counties. We can do better.
Recent polling by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy finds strong bipartisan support for implementing evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs. This rich array of program approaches increases the likelihood that communities can find teen pregnancy prevention programs that are consistent with their values, responsive to the needs of their families and teens, and effective at preventing pregnancy. Below, we review, in alphabetical order, the types of teen pregnancy prevention program models that have an established evidence base of effectiveness.
A few weeks ago, I was at my job helping a customer when a young girl caught my attention. She could not have been older than 15, and her belly was too large to be hidden. She was noticeably pregnant, and what struck me as more odd was that she was pushing a stroller with a young infant whose only word seemed to be "mommy," referring to the young girl.
The rates of teen pregnancy in the United States are in decline; but even so, 2 out of every teenagers in the U. Teen pregnancy, childbirth, and childrearing present major social and economic challenges for teenage parents, their children, and society as a whole. Teen mothers are more likely to have lower educational attainment, a lower income, and a greater dependency on social services. Children of teen parents are more likely to be born prematurely, have more health problems, have a lower educational advancement, to be incarcerated, and to also become teenage parents themselves.
Sheila Overton, M. Recent reports show that teen pregnancy and births in the U. But here is the reality: Approximatelyteen pregnancies occur annually in the U.
Some think this is old-fashioned, others think it is morally the best thing to do. So they decide to delay having sex until they are older, more responsible, in a stable relationship with one partner, have a job, or have become independent of their parents. If you choose either abstinence or delaying sex, there are some further steps that will help to protect you: Choose you friends carefully.