New Research Brief: Repeat Teen Births in the United States Cluster in Poorer Areas with More Limited Reproductive Health Care Access

Mon, October 7, 2019
New Research Brief: Repeat Teen Births in the United States Cluster in Poorer Areas with More Limited Reproductive Health Care Access

In 2017, 16.3% of the 194,377 births to adolescent women in U.S. ages 15-19 were repeat teen births. Understanding where first-time and repeat teen births occur, as well as documenting the demographic composition, socioeconomic conditions, density of health care providers, and availability of family planning services in these places, can inform both clinical practice and health services resource allocation. Using 2015-2017 birth certificate data, PRC faculty research associates Julie Maslowsky and Daniel Powers, along with their co-authors, found that first and repeat teen births cluster in geographic areas that are economically worse off than areas with lower levels of teen births. These results demonstrate a need to allocate resources and tailor teen pregnancy prevention programs to the types of teen births that are most common in each area.

Full Brief: https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/prc/research/research-brief-series/research-briefs.php

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