Dramatic Declines in Teen Birth Rates: Closing the Gap Between Racial and Ethnic Groups


After leveling off in the mid-2000’s, teen birth rates dropped by almost one-third between 2007 and 2012, including a six percent decline between 2011 and 2012, according to newly-released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since 2007, the declines in teen birth rates have been nearly universal, occurring among all age groups of teens and across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Importantly, these declines have been particularly dramatic among racial and ethnic minority teens, who historically have had higher birth rates than white teens. While that continues to be the case, the gap in teen birth rates has been closing.

Source: Child Trends

Available at: http://www.childtrends.org/dramatic-declines-in-teen-birth-rates-closing-the-gap-between-racial-and-ethnic-groups/

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