Recent Increases in Teen Birth Rates

Journal of Adolescent Health

After declining for over a decade, the birth rate in the United States for adolescents aged 15–19 years increased by 3% in 2006 and 1% again in 2007. The article examined demographic and policy reasons for this trend at state level. Medicaid family planning waivers were found to reduce teen birth rates across all ages and races. Abstinence-only education programs were found to cause an increase in teen birth rates among white and black teens. The increasing Hispanic population is another driving force for high teen birth rates.

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