ERIC Number: ED445174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Teen Childbearing in America's Largest Cities. A KIDS COUNT Working Paper.
O'Hare, William P.
This paper examines teen births during the period from 1991 to 1996, a period chosen because teen births started to decline in 1991 and 1996 was the most recent data year available. In most cities, the number of births to teens decreased in this period, but in a small number of cities, the number of births to teenagers increased. It is not clear whether increases in the number of births reflect an increase in the rate at which teens are having babies or an increase in the number of teens. When one looks at the birth rate for teens, the figures vary widely. Several cities with relatively low teen birth rates are cities with relatively large Asian American populations; several cities with relatively high teen birthrates are cities with relatively large Hispanic populations. However, this is not always the case. In many ways, the racial composition of a city seems to be related to the teen birth rate in ways that make sense given the nationwide shifts between 1991 and 1996. Overall, the data show that the big cities have been leading the national reduction in teenage childbearing. (SLD)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.