Teenage Pregnancy PreventionAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teenage birth rates have decreased in the United States
Research & Statistics
- Connecticut Adolescent Reproductive Health FactsConnecticut data include: number of births, birth rate, abortion rate, sexual behavior, birth control use, relationship violence, and HIV/AIDS education.
- Evidence-Based Programs - TPP Resource Center: Evidence-Based ProgramsA list of program models which met the effectiveness criteria in HHS pregnancy prevention research review of more than 1,000 studies. Intervention Implementation Reports accompany each program model and provide both programmatic information and supporting research evidence.
- KIDS COUNT - Connecticut dataThe Kids Count Data Book includes data on Teen Births in Connecticut.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teenage birth rates have decreased in the United States. However, disparities still remain. Pregnant and parenting teenagers face significant health and socioeconomic burdens. Among health issues, pregnant teenagers are at higher risk for:
• Pregnancy-related high blood pressure
• Premature birth
• Having babies with a low birth weight
Socioeconomic problems that pregnant or parenting teenagers face include:
* Lower likelihood of finishing high school
* Lower likelihood to earn a good living
* Dependence on public assistance
Children of teenage parents also are at risk of having cognitive and behavioral problems.
The good news is that teenage pregnancy prevention works. According to the CDC, evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs “typically address specific protective factors on the basis of knowledge, skills, beliefs, or attitudes related to teen pregnancy.” The CDC also recognizes that parents and trusted adults play an important role in helping teens - male and female - make healthy, responsible choices about relationships, sex, and contraception. Finally, access to teen-friendly health services is an important part of prevention.