Adolescent Pregnancy in the news

Examining State-Level Patterns in Teen Childbearing: 1991-2009. Child Trends used state-level data to examine declines in the teen birth rate over 19 years. States have varying levels of decline: California experienced the largest decline in the teen birth rate 74 to 37, while states like West Virginia dropped only from 58 to 50 (Florida decreased from 68 to 39). Four distinct state-level patterns were identified. Read the full research brief here.

Prepregnancy Contraceptive Use Among Teens with Unintended Pregnancies Resulting in Live Births. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Report January 12, 2012 issue included a look at why adolescents that wanted to avoid pregnancy became pregnant. To learn why, the CDC analyzed data from the 2004–2008 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) for teen females aged 15–19 years with unintended pregnancies resulting in live births. Of those teens, 50 percent didn’t use any contraception and almost a third thought they couldn’t get pregnant. Read the full article here.