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TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION

Teen birth rates have reached record lows in recent years, yet teen pregnancy, birth and abortion rates in the U.S. remain among the highest in the industrialized world. Teen pregnancy is closely associated with many social and economic issues—such as educational attainment, poverty, child welfare and juvenile justice—and affects not only teen mothers, but their children as well. States are taking a variety of approaches to prevent teen pregnancy.

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PREVENTING TEEN PREGNANCY

LegisBriefBirth rate for teens ages 18 to 19 are nearly four times that of their younger peers. States are devoting resources to effective strategies to prevent pregnancy among this population.

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OVERVIEW

As young people navigate the challenges of adolescence, they make decisions about sexual activity, engage in new and potentially dangerous activities such as driving, and may develop new needs for mental health care services and substance abuse prevention and treatment. While teenagers might look like small adults, they need safe environments and caring adults to guide them through experiences they are facing for the first time. Policy topics include: adolescent pregnancy, teen dating violence, juvenile justice, mental health, positive youth development, risky behavior, tanning restrictions for minors, tattoos & body piercing for minors, traffic safety and youth in transition (foster care).

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