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ERIC Number: ED510656
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
Teen Births: Examining the Recent Increase. Research Brief. Publication #2009-08
Moore, Kristin Anderson
Child Trends
After a 14-year decline, the teen birth rate increased in 2006, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics. Between 2005 and 2006, the teen birth rate rose 3.5 percent, from 40.5 to 41.9 births per 1,000 females aged 15-19. The number of teen births rose by 20,843, from 414,593 to 435,436 births, the largest annual increase since 1989. This research brief explores whether the data reflect a short-term blip or a true reversal in the decline in the U.S. teen birth rate. It considers available evidence that might explain the apparent loss of momentum, and raises data and research gaps that must be filled to strengthen public and private prevention efforts. This brief is based on a paper that resulted from a meeting of experts and researchers convened by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. (Contains 4 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Authoring Institution: Child Trends