Reduced Disparities in Birth Rates Among Teens Aged 15–19 Years

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Author(s): The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Lisa Romero, DrPH
  • Karen Pazol, PhD
  • Lee Warner, PhD
  • Shanna Cox, MSPH
  • Charlan Kroelinger, PhD
  • Ghenet Besera, MPH
  • Anna Brittain, MHS
  • Taleria R. Fuller, PhD
  • Emilia Koumans, MD
  • Wanda Barfield, MD

Published: Apr. 29, 2016 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

Report Intro/Brief:
"From 2006 to 2014, the birth rate for teens aged 15–19 years declined 41% overall (from 41.1 to 24.2 per 1,000 females). The greatest decline was for Hispanics (51%), followed by non-Hispanic blacks (blacks) (44%), and non-Hispanic whites (whites) (35%). From 2006–2007 to 2013–2014, the overall birth rate for teens declined significantly in every state, with declines ranging from 13% in North Dakota to 48% in Arizona; the birth rate ratio also declined for black teens compared with white teens in 28 states and for Hispanic teens compared with white teens in 37 states. County-level teen birth rates for 2013–2014 ranged from 3.1 to 119.0 per 1,000 females aged 15–19 years; unemployment was higher, and education attainment and family income were lower in counties with higher teen birth rates."