This KIDS COUNT Indicator Brief puts the topic of teen pregnancy under the microscope. It shares statistics, causes and challenges related to early childbearing and outlines 6 strategies for preventing teen pregnancy in America.
Statistics on teen pregnancy in America.
Challenges that teen mothers face.
6 strategies that aim to prevent teen pregnancy.
How diversity factors into teen pregnancy prevention efforts.
At the time of this report, 4 in every 10 American girls become pregnant at least once before their 20th birthday.
A sexually-active teen who doesn’t use contraceptives has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year.
One way to prevent teen pregnancy is to help parents succeed in their role as sex educators.
Teen parents make up 5% of welfare recipients, but women who began parenting in their teens make up 40 to 50% of welfare caseloads.
Family connectedness is strongly correlated to teen abstinence, having sex less often and more consistent contraceptive use.
The teen pregnancy rate in America is at least 4 times higher than teen pregnancy rates in France, Germany and Japan.