ERIC Number: ED396055
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Teen Birth Rate. Facts at a Glance.
Moore, Kristin A., Comp.; Snyder, Nancy O., Comp.
Between 1986 and 1991 the teen birth rate rose by nearly one-fourth, although very small declines were evident in 1992 and 1993. This decline was concentrated among older teens; the number of births to adolescents aged 17 and younger continued to rise. The percentage of teen births that occurred outside of marriage rose to 72%. In 1991, the most recent year for which abortion data are available, U.S. teens had 858,000 pregnancies, of which 326,000 ended in abortion. Data from several surveys also confirm a trend toward earlier sex. Appropriate interventions to prevent adolescent childbearing will vary depending on the characteristics, needs, and values of the family. Disadvantaged adolescents from multiple-problem families may require early and comprehensive intervention efforts. Tables present state-by-state data on numbers of births to mothers of different ages, ethnicities, and marital status; birth rates and gonorrhea rates over time; and births to teenage mothers in large cities in 1993. (Contains two graphs and three tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC.