ERIC Number: ED492902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Trends and Recent Estimates: Contraceptive Use among U.S. Teens. Child Trends Research Brief. Publication #2006-04
Franzetta, Kerry; Terry-Humen, Elizabeth; Manlove, Jennifer; Ikramullah, Erum
This Research Brief draws on recently released nationally representative data to provide information on teenagers' patterns of contraceptive use during heterosexual, vaginal intercourse. In this brief, the authors examine these patterns for males and females, for members of racial and ethnic groups, and for younger and older teenagers. Among the findings from these new analyses are that teen females are using more effective hormonal methods to prevent pregnancy and that most sexually active teens used some form of contraception both the first and most recent time that they had sex. At the same time, the authors found that Hispanic teens, teens who initiate sex at a younger age, and teens who use condoms inconsistently show lower levels of contraceptive use, putting them at greater risk of unintended pregnancy and childbearing or of contracting an STI. (Contains 8 figures and 5 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Females, Ethnic Groups, Pregnancy, Adolescents, Health Behavior, Contraception, Sexuality, Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.
Authoring Institution: Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC.