ERIC Number: ED289943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Hispanic Teenage Pregnancy: Overview and Implications.
Lopez, Norma Y.
Although teenage pregnancy among Hispanics has reached alarming levels, researchers generally have not separated this population out for separate analysis. The data are incomplete, but this report is an attempt to address the need for specific information about Hispanic teenage pregnancy and parenthood by subgroup and state. Data are presented from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Bureau of the Census. The major findings are the following: (1) the rate of teenage pregnancy among Hispanics is substantially above that of the White non-Hispanic population; (2) comparisons of Hispanic subgroups show that Cuban teenagers have lower birth rates than Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans; (3) Hispanic teenagers are more likely to be married when their babies are born than are Black teenagers; (4) many Hispanic teenagers receive prenatal care after the first trimester; (5) their rate of low birth-weight babies was about the same as for Whites and lower than that for Blacks; (6) Hispanic teenage mothers are less likely to have completed high school than other teenage mothers; and (7) more research needs to be done on this problem so that the proper policies and programs can be implemented. (VM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC. Office of Research Advocacy and Legislation.
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