percentage of teens who get pregnant or give birth has gone down almost
continuously since the early 1990s. Still, an estimated 18 percent of
15-year-old adolescent females will have given birth by the time they
turn 20. This Adolescent Health Highlight describes key research
findings about teen pregnancy and childbearing, including prevalence and
trends, teens' attitudes about teen pregnancy, and racial and
geographic differences in teen birth rates. It also covers research and
program initiatives focused on the role and responsibilities of males in
the context of teen pregnancy.
Hispanic teens and
their parents generally report positive attitudes about birth control
use and have high educational goals, suggesting a need to align teens'
sexual and contraceptive behaviors with their goals. This research brief,
based on the results of focus groups with Latino teens and parents,
reports on values and attitudes about parenthood, dating, sex, and birth
control use among teens-and the implications of these attitudes for
teen pregnancy prevention programs.
Most Latino parents and
teens don't talk about sex, dating, and teen parenthood often or
extensively, yet parents believe they are sending clear messages to
their teens about the values and behaviors they expect them to uphold.
Both parents and their teens want to improve their communication about
these topics. Read more on barriers to and facilitators of productive
teen-parent conversations in this brief.
prevention interventions for Hispanic teens should promote parent
involvement and help adolescents develop effective communication skills
with parents and partners, while providing information teens might not
be getting at home. Check out this infographic for more.
To be most
effective, efforts to increase contraceptive use among Hispanic teens
should be combined with efforts to delay sexual activity and be
targeted to teens prior to their initiating sex or having children. Check out this infographic for more.
week, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
celebrated a 52 percent drop in the teen birth rate since its peak in
the early 1990s. Child Trends salutes the National Campaign, federal and
state agencies, teen pregnancy prevention programs, the research/
evaluation community, and teens and families themselves for their work
toward achieving these results. Congratulations!