Reducing Teen Childbearing Among Latinos
While considerable progress has been made in reducing poverty among the elderly in the U.S., rates of poverty among families with children has declined substantially less over time. In fact, poverty rates for families with children have risen during the recession, and are particularly high among Latinos. And, despite recent declines in teenage childbearing among all groups, estimates suggest that 28% of Hispanic females will have a birth by age 20, compared with 11% of white females and 24% of black females. Notably, the vast majority of these births are either unwanted or mistimed.
This report and associated work suggests that due to the higher rates of poverty for families with children, reducing teen pregnancy among Latinos would be an effective anti-poverty strategy for this group.
With a focus on Latinos, this series reviews trends on adolescent sex, contraceptive use, and childbearing; research on predictors of adolescent childbearing; results of interviews and focus groups with Hispanic parents and teens; and findings from evaluation studies and interviews with program designers and practitioners.