TEEN PREGNANCIES. Why They Matter They affect so many areas of our lives.

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  • TEEN PREGNANCIES

  • TEEN PREGNANCIESWhy They Matter

  • They affect so many areas of our lives.

  • Teen mothers tend to receive less prenatal care than mothers in their 20s.

  • With less prenatal care, babies are more likely to be born prematurely and with low birthweight.

  • By age 2, these children have significantly lower cognitive test scores.

  • Children born outside of two-parent families are more likely to:Be poorHave poorer school attendance

  • Children born outside of two-parent families are more likely to:Have lower GPAsDrop out

  • Nearly 80% of unmarried teen mothers end up on welfare.

  • Only 41% of teen mothers graduate from high school.Only 1.5% of those will earn a college degree by age 30.

  • of teen mothers will have a second child within 24 months of the first baby

  • Single mothers report higher levels of stress, fewer contacts with family & friends, less involvement with social groups and less overall social support.

  • Both teen mothers and fathers report less happiness and more conflict in their relationship.

  • Teen girls under age 18 are twice as likely to be beaten by their childs father than girls over age 18.

  • Teen mothers are 7 times more likely to commit suicide than other teenagers.

  • Nearly 80% of fathers of babies born to teen mothers do not marry their babies mothers.

  • Absent fathers pay less than $800 annually for child support.

  • Fatherless children are at significantly increased risk for drug and alcohol abuse when they become teens.

  • The sons of teenage mothers are 13% more likely to end up in prison.

  • Teen girls without a father in their life are two times more likely to initiate sexual activity early compared to girls with fathers present.

  • Daughters of teen mothers are 22% more likely to become teen mothers themselves.

  • Little sisters of teen mothers are more likely to become teen mothers themselves.

  • National Cost to Tax Payers is Billions of $-Health care-Foster care-Incarceration-Lost tax revenue

  • Another difficult consequence of unplanned pregnancy is abortion.(3700 abortions per day in America)(20% are to teens)

  • Too many teens still think It cant happen to me.

  • For more information about teen pregnancy and how to prevent it, visit www.thenationalcampaign.org

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