ERIC Number: ED484688
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Hispanic Teen Pregnancy and Birth Rates: Looking Behind the Numbers. Child Trends Research Brief. Publication #2005-01
Ryan, Suzanne; Franzetta, Kerry; Manlove, Jennifer
This research brief focuses on the birth, pregnancy, contraceptive, and relationship behaviors of Hispanic teens because they represent an important risk group. Teen pregnancy and birth rates for U.S. teens have declined dramatically in recent years. Yet for Hispanic teens, reductions in teen pregnancy and childbearing have lagged behind that of U.S. teens overall. This is of special concern because Hispanics represent the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. The rapid growth in the Hispanic population is expected to be even more dramatic for teens in the next 20 years. Given the current and projected growth in the Hispanic teen population, combined with the relatively high rates of teen pregnancy and births within this population, Hispanic teens represent an important target group for pregnancy prevention programs. But very few pregnancy prevention programs have been designed specifically to address the needs of Hispanic teens. A broader understanding of the sexual, contraceptive, and relationship behaviors of Hispanic teens can help program providers and others address these needs more effectively. This Research Brief provides that broader context. It presents data from several sources, combining findings from recently collected data with new analyses of data from the 1990s, to draw a picture of the reproductive behaviors and outcomes of Hispanic teens. These analyses reveal both troubling and encouraging trends. The brief reports that among Hispanic teens who abstain from sex, concern of pregnancy was a stronger motivation for remaining virgins than religious or moral values. (Contains 7 figures.)
Descriptors: Prevention, Hispanic Americans, Contraception, Adolescents, Pregnancy, Birth Rate, Sexuality, Early Parenthood, At Risk Persons
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC.