ROY AND SAM
Teen pregnancies in the USA
- In 2012, a total of 305,388 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years, for a live birth rate of 29.4 per 1,000 women in this age group.
- This is a record low for U.S. teens in this age group, and a drop of 6% from 2011.
- Birth rates fell 8% for women aged 15–17 years, and 5% for women aged 18–19 years.
- In 2011, teen pregnancy and childbirth accounted for at least $9.4 billion in costs to U.S. taxpayers for increased health care and foster care, increased incarceration rates among children of teen parents, and lost tax revenue because of lower educational attainment and income among teen mothers.
- Pregnancy and birth are significant contributors to high school drop out rates among girls. Only about half of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by 22 years of age, versus approximately 90% of women who had not given birth during adolescence.
- The children of teenage mothers are more likely to have lower school achievement and drop out of high school, have more health problems, behavioral issues, be incarcerated at some time during adolescence,
- give birth as a teenager, and face unemployment as a young adult.
- These effects remain for the teen mother and her child even after adjusting for those factors that increased the teenager’s risk for pregnancy, such as growing up in poverty, having parents with low levels of education, growing up in a single-parent family, and having poor performance in school ,teen mothers also have to get jobs to support the newborn baby.
- because the economy is so bad, it's hard for a teen mother to get a job.