ERIC Number: ED431054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
When Teens Have Sex: Issues and Trends. KIDS COUNT Special Report.
Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
In the 1990s, teen pregnancy and birth rates in the United States declined significantly. Researchers cite two main factors: fewer teens are having sex, and among those who are, more are using contraception. Despite these positive trends, there are still about one million pregnancies and about half a million births each year to young women aged 15 to 19. At best, the downward trend calls for cautious optimism. No one can predict whether rates will continue to decline, and it is a mistake to think that the problem of teen pregnancy is close to being solved. The consequences for young parents, particularly mothers and their children, are high, and diminished economic prospects are only part of the problem. First among strategies suggested to prevent teen pregnancy is providing information about how to reduce risk-taking behaviors, such as unprotected sexual activity. A discussion of myths and facts about teen pregnancy is followed by a U.S. profile of teen pregnancy and profiles for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Appendixes contain the teen abortion rate by state and the teen pregnancy rate by state. Definitions and data sources are included. (Contains four tables, five figures, one chart, and eight references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Birth Rate, Early Parenthood, Intervention, Pregnancy, Profiles, Sexuality, Urban Youth
Annie E. Casey Foundation, Attn: KIDS COUNT, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202; Web site: www.aecf.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.