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.
One clear consequence of teen pregnancy? A rough road for all involved
Findings & Stats
A Common Occurrence
At the time of this report, 4 in every 10 American girls become pregnant at least once before their 20th birthday.
No Surprise Ending
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.
Statements & Quotations
In a diverse country, it is unrealistic to think that individuals or groups will agree on a single approach to pregnancy prevention. The particular population and the political will of a community must be recognized and dealt with realistically.
There is no evidence that abstinence-only programs delay the initiation of sexual intercourse or decrease sexual risk-taking behaviors among sexually active youth.
While teen pregnancy takes place in all kinds of communities, teens who give birth are more likely to come from economically disadvantaged families and neighborhoods.
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