Although teen pregnancy and birth rates have dropped the past two decades, states still face the reality that black and Latina teens are more than twice as likely as white teens to become pregnant. Despite this, black and Latina girls are more than twice as likely as white girls to become pregnant before they leave adolescence. This glass half-full, half-empty scenario is a dilemma that continues to confound states.
Series of two bar charts showing that in some states, black and Hispanic teen birth rates are more than three times higher than white rates. The first chart compares white and black teen birth rates across 5 states with the largest differences, and the second compares white and Hispanic teen birth rates across states with the largest differences. Chart 1: White teen birth rates births per 1, females ages New Jersey, 4.
Get involved in our campaigns and help ensure young people's health and rights. Also available in [ PDF ] format. Largely due to increased contraceptive use, teen pregnancy and birth rates have declined since their peak in
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. Although teen pregnancy and birth rates have dropped the past two decades, states still face the reality that black and Latina teens are more than twice as likely as white teens to become pregnant. Despite this, black and Latina girls are more than twice as likely as white girls to become pregnant before they leave adolescence.
Not only are these young Latinas having children well before adulthood, they are also more likely to have much older sexual partners and to not use contraception the first time they have sex. Experts suggest this indicates Latinas who become pregnant prior to the age of 15 are more likely to have relationships where the power is unequal. On average, young pregnant teens in the study had much older lovers ; they were almost three times as likely as others to have a significant other who was at least six years older than they were.
California Agriculture 54 1 Members of the Teen Pregnancy Coalition of San Mateo County visit area middle and high schools to share the realities of teen parenting with students. T he teen birthrate for Latinos is nearly four times the birth rate for white teens in California California Department of Health ; fig.
Ina total ofbabies were born to women aged 15—19 years, for a birth rate of This is another record low for U. Although reasons for the declines are not totally clear, evidence suggests these declines are due to more teens abstaining from sexual activity, and more teens who are sexually active using birth control than in previous years.
This was originally posted on Latin Post. In a study released earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Hispanics had the highest rate of teenage pregnancies in the U. Per 1, Hispanic teens aged 15 to 17 years old, the birth rate was Carla Galindo, behavioral scientist for the CDC, said the birth rate among Hispanic teens has decreased, but they still rank the highest in teen pregnancies based on ethnicity.
Skip to search form Skip to main content. Practitioners' perspectives on effective practices for Hispanic teenage pregnancy prevention. Although recommendations for culturally appropriate pregnancy prevention programs are commonplace, little is known about how practitioners address such recommendations.
Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy, believes that all young people should have the opportunity to pursue the future they want, to realize their greatest possibility, and to fully follow their intentions. This includes having the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant. The nation has made remarkable progress.