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Pregnancy poll results

March 14, 2001

Pregnancy poll results



Following are some of the results of a 2000 survey conducted by the Interdepartmental Committee on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting and answered by 103 teenager girls after they gave birth:

- Two of the 103 said they were 10 years old when they were first sexually active.

- Three first gave birth at age 13.

- Thirty-eight had one prior pregnancy, five had two and one had four previous pregnancies.

- Asked what people could have done to prevent the pregnancy, 18 said they could have used more family support and six said more education on "relationships, love, etc."

- Forty-five didn't plan to return to school.

- Forty-seven of the fathers were between the ages of 16 and 20. Forty-two of the fathers were between the ages 21 and 25. The rest were older.

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- Eleven of the 103 were married.

- Thirteen planned for the pregnancy.

- Sixty-five had friends who were also teen parents.

- Fourteen had parents who were about 31 years old.

- Sixty-five had immediate family members who had a baby as a teenager.

- Seventy-one percent were using birth control when they became pregnant, which Grove said means they were not using birth control properly.

Source: Interdepartmental Committee on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting.

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