ERIC Number: ED265475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Trends in Teenage Childbearing, United States, 1970-81. Data from the National Vital Statistics System.
Ventura, Stephanie J.
Vital and Health Statistics, series 21 n41 Sep 1984
This report describes trends and differentials in births and birth rates for teenagers since 1970, and examines the demographic characteristics of the mothers and the health of their newborn children. A brief introduction and a review of highlights of the findings from National Vital Statistics System data is followed by discussions in several areas: (1) birth rate; (2) numbers and proportions of births; (3) birth rates by marital status; (4) numbers and ratios of births to unmarried mothers; (5) educational attainment of mothers; (6) low birth weight; (7) prenatal care; and (8) Apgar scores (used to evaluate infants' overall physical condition at birth). The data presented here focus primarily on childbearing by teenagers aged 15-19 years. Detailed in this report are some of the circumstances that accompany a birth to a teenager, including higher rates of nonmarital childbearing, lower educational attainment of the mother, higher levels of low birth weight, less prenatal care, and lower Apgar scores. Five text figures on birth rate statistics are provided and 11 detailed data tables are included. The appendix contains technical notes on sources of data, population denominators, births by marital status of mother, and computation of percent distributions. (NRB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Birth, Birth Rate, Birth Weight, Early Parenthood, Health, Illegitimate Births, Pregnancy, Statistical Data, Trend Analysis, Unwed Mothers
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - General; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Health Statistics (DHHS/PHS), Hyattsville, MD.