ERIC Number: ED329610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
[Adolescent Fertility]. Facts-at-a-Glance.
Moore, Kristin A., Comp.
This fact sheet reports the most recent information available on adolescent fertility in the United States. The following information is included: (1) the number of births to all adolescents, except those 14 years old and younger, has declined between 1980 and 1986; (2) the smaller number of births is due to a smaller number of adolescents and a decline in the birth rate; (3) the proportion of births to unmarried adolescents has quadrupled between 1960 and 1986; (4) the percentage of unmarried 19-year-old females has increased and cohabitation has become increasingly popular; (5) the proportion of young mothers having low birth weight babies has declined since 1970; (6) more than four percent of females aged 15-19 had an abortion in 1983; and (7) declining adolescent birth rates have been achieved in foreign countries comparable to the United States and these declines have not been the result of a greater number of abortions. The following tables of statistical data are appended: (1) number of adolescent births, percentage of premarital births, and percentage of first births in 1986 by state; (2) births to unmarried White and Black adolescent mothers, percentage of low birth weight babies born to White and Black mothers aged 15-19 years, and births to Hispanic American adolescent mothers in 1986 by state; and (3) births to adolescent mothers in the 110 largest American cities in 1986. (FMW)
Descriptors: Abortions, Adolescents, Birth Rate, Birth Weight, Early Parenthood, Foreign Countries, Illegitimate Births, National Surveys, Pregnancy, Racial Differences, State Surveys, Statistical Data, Unwed Mothers
Child Trends, Inc., 2100 M Street, NW, #411, Washington, DC 20037.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: The principal source of the statistical data presented here is the National Center for Health Statistics (DHHS).