TEEN PREGNANCY

Don’t waste your life away by becoming pregnant too early. Adolescent pregnancy and parenthood are closely associated with a host of social and economic issues that affect teen parents, their children and society. Teenage mothers are less likely to finish high school and are more likely to live in poverty, depend on public assistance, and be in poor health than slightly older mothers. Their children are more likely to suffer health and cognitive disadvantages, come in contact with the child welfare and correctional systems, live in poverty, drop out of high school and become teen parents themselves.

Facts:

  • 3 in 10 teen American girls will get pregnant at least once before age 20. That’s nearly 750,000 teen pregnancies every year.
  • Parenthood is the leading reason that teen girls drop out of school. More than 50% of teen mothers never graduate from high school.
  • About 25% of teen moms have a 2nd child within 24 months of their first baby.
  • Less than 2% of teen moms earn a college degree by age 30.
  • The United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the western industrialized world.
  • In 2011, the teen birthrate in the United States fell to the lowest level recorded in nearly 70 years of tracking teen childbearing.
  • In 2008 the teen pregnancy rate among African-American and Hispanic teen girls, age 15 to 19, was over two and a half times higher than the teen pregnancy rate among white teen girls of the same age group.
  • 8 out of 10 teen dads don’t marry the mother of their child.
  • Teens had fewer babies in 2010 than in any year since the mid-1940s.
  • Almost 50% of teens have never considered how a pregnancy would affect their lives.
  • A sexually active teen that doesn’t use contraceptives has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year.

Reasons for Teen Pregnancy:

  • Unwanted Sexual Intercourse
  • Inconsistent Use of Birth Control
  • Lack of Sex Education – Abstinence or Birth Control in school curriculum
  • Peer Pressure
  • Want someone to love and love them
  • Fantasy Family

Where to Get Help:

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has comprehensive statistics about teen pregnancy, sexuality, birth control and much more.

For teens in need of advice and tips on abstinence, safe sex and healthy relationships, check out Stay Teen.

For information about abstinence, visit Everybody's Not Doing It and the Abstinence Clearinghouse.

Westport TAPP: The Georgia Chaffee Teenage Parent Program (TAPP) is designed to prevent school dropout due to teen pregnancy and parenting. The program is offered to middle and high school pregnant and parenting students residing in the Louisville/Jefferson County area.

Toll-Free Hotlines:

  • Planned Parenthood: 1-800-230-PLAN
  • American Social Health Association: 1-800-227-8922
  • Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 866-331-9474
  • The National Runaway Switchboard: 1-800-621-4000
  • Covenant House: 1-800-999-9999

  • Sources:

    National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy
    CDC
    StayTeen.org
    Guttmacher Institute