Teen Pregnancy

Miranda Bowen

Statistics on Teen Pregnancy

  • United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate of the Western industrialized world.
  • About 820,000 teens become pregnant each year. That means that 34 percent of teenagers have at least one pregnancy before they turn 20.
  • 79 percent of teenagers who become pregnant are unmarried.
  • About 3 out of 10 teen females will be victims of teen pregnancy

Statistics on Teen Pregnancy in Nebraska

  • Nebraska ranked 34 out of 51 in 2011 for final teen births among females 15-19
  • Age 15-17 had around 500 births in 2011
  • In total age 15-19 is 1,745

Problems faced by Teen Parents

  • More likely to experience premature birth, low birth weight, and disability
  • Not enough education, bad jobs, and put on welfare within the first five years
  • Eight out of ten teen fathers do not marry the mother of their first child.
  • More likely to subject their children to abuse and neglect because they feel overwhelmed by their unfamiliar, ever-demanding roles as parents
  • Children born to teen parents are more likely to drop out of high school
  • Daughters born to teen parents are three times more likely to also become teen mothers, while sons are twice as likely to go to prison.

American Pregnancy Helpline

  • 1-866-942-6466