ERIC Number: ED248447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Report on Adolescent Pregnancy in Fort Worth, Texas.
Teenage pregnancy is an overwhelming problem in Fort Worth, Texas. To examine the problem of teenage pregnancy, figures on total live births by age, race, repeat pregnancy, and at-risk infants were gathered from 1981 and 1982 Department of Public Health data. In addition, consequences of teenage pregnancy and motivation factors were examined. An analysis of the results showed that approximately 13 percent of teenage girls, aged 16 to 19 years, became pregnant in 1982, with 50 percent of the pregnancies ending in abortion. The majority of these teenagers were unmarried. Of live births to teens, 38% were born to black teens, while only 22% of all live births to women 20 years or older were born to black women. Approximately 27 percent of the teens had given birth to at least one child, and 10 percent of the babies born were considered at-risk (premature) infants. Economic consequences of teenage pregnancy for Fort Worth included increased medical, educational, and social service costs. Factors influencing teenage pregnancy included early onset of menarche, dating patterns, unavailability of abortion, and lack of information on birth control. Recommendations based on study findings include provisions for city wide coordination of services, an ongoing citizens committee, a media campaign to heighten awareness, an education program for students kindergarten through twelfth grade, and a reassessment of programs offered to pregnant teens and teen parents. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Fort Worth Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Texas (Fort Worth)
Note: Tables may be marginally legible.