Decline in Teen Pregnancy in United States
by rmalo2 on September 13, 2013 - 11:26am
This article gives a general audience a clear understanding of teen pregnancy and birth rates using several different methods of research and methods to display statistics. It not only describes pregnancy and birth rates in teens, but also the number of teens through ages 15-19 who are sexually active, are on an oral contraceptive, who use protection, and who has talked to their parents about one or more of these factors. This article also compares Unites States teen birthrates to other developed countries.
I believe the most important aspect of this article is making the facts and statistics known to teens and parents. This article does a good job of displaying the statistics through the 3 figures provided throughout the text. Some other useful information in this article is that it gives many examples and methods of birth control and it shows the statistics for teens that don’t use any method at all and the rates of pregnancy for those girls are much higher. I believe including this in the article could inform and remind teens that it’s extremely important to be safe. Some limitations in this article include that “the natality data are based on births, not pregnancies, and may exclude stillbirths and death after birth” (MMWR). Another limitation is that there may be over reporting and underreporting.
Pazol, K. (2011, APRIL 08). Vital signs: Teen pregnancy -- united states, 1991-2009. MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report, 60(13), 414-420. Retrieved from http://ehis.ebscohost.com.ezproxy2.drake.brockport.edu/ehost/pdfviewer/p...@sessionmgr11&vid=5&hid=110