Definition[ edit ] Most teenage pregnancies in developed countries involve legal adults.
Print Teen Pregnancy Overview Teen pregnancy is an important issue for several reasons. For example, there are health risks for the baby and children born to teenage mothers are more likely to suffer health, social, and emotional problems than children born to older mothers.
Also, women who become pregnant during their teens are at increased risk for medical complications, such as premature labor, and social consequences.
Inearly estimates put the birthrate at Sincepregnancy rates in teenage girls aged 15 to 17 declined by almost 50 percent and pregnancy rates in older teens decreased by about 33 percent.
Pregnancies in girls 15 to 17 accounted for more than one-quarter of all teen pregnancies inRecent studies show that although teen pregnancies continuing to decline in the United States, rates for African American teens and Hispanic teens are two to three times higher than in Caucasian teens.
In Aprilthe CDC reported that nearly one in five teen births is a repeat birth—meaning that it's at least the second birth for the teenage mother. In Caucasian teens, the repeat birth rate is Babies born as result of a repeat teen pregnancy are even more likely to be born premature—early and at a low birth weight.
Declining teen pregnancy rates are thought to be attributed to more effective birth control practicenewer methods of birth control e. Still, teenage pregnancy rates remain high and approximately 1 million teenage girls become pregnant each year in the United States and about 13 percent of U.
To lower teen pregnancy rates, older children must be educated about sex and sexuality and about the consequences of pregnancy. Consequences of Teen Pregnancy Teenage births are associated with lower annual income for the mother.
Eighty percent of teen mothers must rely on welfare at some point. Teenage mothers are more likely to drop out of school. Only about one-third of teen mothers obtain a high school diploma.
Teenage pregnancies are associated with increased rates of alcohol abuse and substance abuse, lower educational level, and reduced earning potential in teen fathers.Information about teen health and teen pregnancy prevention.
Speaking to this unique group is a great opportunity to lead, be involved, and share your expertise in the field of teen pregnancy prevention/youth development. If you or someone you know is interested in presenting, submit by Friday, December 15, Thirty percent of teenage girls who drop out of high school do so because of pregnancy or parenthood.
Source: National Conference of State Legislatures, "Teen Pregnancy Prevention" facebook dialog. Since the s, teenage pregnancy has attracted a great deal of concern and attention from religious leaders, the general public, policymakers, and social scientists, particularly in the United States and other developed countries.
The continuing apprehension about teenage pregnancy is based on the. Teen pregnancy is a serious issue in Georgia. By preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy, we can significantly improve other serious social problems including poverty, child abuse and neglect, father-absence, low birth weight, school failure, and poor preparation for the workforce.
Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program, funded at $ million for FY, which provides grants and contracts, on a competitive basis, to public and private entities to fund “medically accurate and age appropriate” programs that reduce teen pregnancy.