Stats on teen dating
Think Progress reports "While teens across the country have largely been having less sex and using more contraception, teens in rural areas have actually been having more sex and using birth control less frequently.
It’s not clear why that’s the case, but it could partly be because teens in rural areas still lack access to a range of comprehensive contraceptive services.
There just aren’t as many sexual health resources in rural counties, where teens may have to travel farther to the nearest women’s health clinic.
And deeply rooted attitudes about sex — including school districts that continue to cling to abstinence-only health curricula that don’t give teens enough information about methods to prevent pregnancy — may also play a role.
The lowest rates were in New Hampshire (28), Vermont (32), Minnesota (36), Massachusetts (37) and Maine (37).
States ranked by rates of live births among women age 15-19*: The lowest rates were in New Hampshire (16), Massachusetts (17), Vermont (18), Connecticut (19) and New Jersey (20). states whose residents have more conservative religious beliefs on average tend to have higher rates of teenagers giving birth.
A recent report by the Guttmacher Institute compiled teenage pregnancy statistics in the United States gathered state by state in 2010.
In 2010, New Mexico had the highest teenage pregnancy rate (80 pregnancies per 1,000 women); the next highest rates were in Mississippi (76), Texas (73), Arkansas (73), Louisiana (69) and Oklahoma (69).
Practice your dating pick-up lines and conversation skills, the essential elements of a successful date.
One small way to help is to start a Babysitters Club so they young mothers can take GED classes and continue their educations.
As the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy argues "by preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy, we can significantly improve other serious social problems including poverty (especially child poverty), child abuse and neglect, father-absence, low birth weight, school failure, and poor preparation for the workforce." However, until we tackle the large infrastructural issues around teen parenthood, the issue seems unlikely to go away anytime soon.
Having a child young often incites problematic life outcomes for teen mothers.
For example, just 38% of women who have a child before age 20 finish high school.