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Teenage Pregnancy
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Rates of Teen Moms
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Teenage Pregnancy and Childbearing U.S. in the 1950s About 50% of all teen women getting married in the late 1950s were pregnant 14% of all births were out-of-wedlock in 1955 By 1995, 75% of all births were out-of- wedlock
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Teenage Pregnancy and Childbearing Each year between 800,000 to 900,000 adolescent females become pregnant 35% aborted 10% miscarried 5% adopted 50% choose to raise the child Slide
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Characteristics of Teenage Pregnancy Teenage childbearing is concentrated among economically disadvantaged youth Higher among Hispanic and African American youth (40% by age 18) Poor academic achievement = poor prospects Power of the cycle Extended periods on welfare Total societal costs of teen pregnancy ranging from $9 to $29 billion annually Slide
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South Carolina Statistics “Teen births and HIV/STD rates among youth in South Carolina are consistently among the highest in the nation.” -The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs In 2006, ranked 13th for highest birth rate in the country 7th highest rate of AIDS cases 2nd highest rate of gonorrhea cases 3rd highest rate of Chlamydia cases Of all the pregnancies in South Carolina, two thirds of them are among mothers between the ages of 18 and 19
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Contributing Factors Sexual activity and contraceptive use most important differences between those who do and do not become pregnant
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