ERIC Number: ED505248
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Reference Count: 24
Ten Reasons to Still Keep the Focus on Teen Childbearing. Research Brief, Publication #2009-10
Holcombe, Emily; Peterson, Kristen; Manlove, Jennifer; Scarupa, Harriet J., Ed.
In 2002, Child Trends drew on statistics and research findings to produce a report called "Ten Reasons to Keep the Focus on Teen Childbearing." That report took note of the steady decline in the nation's teenage pregnancy and childbearing rates, beginning in 1991, while citing multiple reasons to continue to be concerned about teen childbearing. The teen birth rate in the United States increased in 2006 and 2007, spurring renewed concerns about the problem of "kids having kids" on the part of parents, policy makers, service providers, researchers, and others. When teens become parents, they face formidable obstacles on the road to a better life for themselves and their children. Additionally, teen parenthood imposes significant financial and other burdens on society as a whole. This Research Brief updates Child Trends' 2002 report to make the case for why teenage childbearing deserves continued attention.
Descriptors: Birth Rate, Pregnancy, Early Parenthood, Adolescents, Trend Analysis, Barriers, Social Problems, At Risk Persons, Costs, Foreign Countries, Developed Nations, Geographic Location, Disadvantaged Youth
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Authoring Institution: Child Trends