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Teens, sex and pregnancy

May 05, 2006

During 2004, there were 187 teens who gave birth at Washington County Hospital.

Of the 187 mothers, 112 completed a post-partum survey by the Interagency Committee on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting.

One question on the survey asked if teen mothers had a relative - a mother, father, sister or brother - who was a teen parent. The 112 respondents listed a total of 106 relatives who were teen parents. Respondents could check more than one answer or not answer the question.

Another question asked where teen mothers received information about birth control and sex. There were 95 answers that teens had gotten information about contraceptives and sex in school classes or from a school nurse or a teacher. Respondents could check more than one answer or skip the question.

A 2005 survey



A Washington County, Maryland, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Needs Assessment survey, requested by Washington County Community Partnership for Children & Families, was conducted among 288 teens and 151 parents during the spring and summer of 2005.

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Asked to select the top two groups of individuals who influence their sexual-decision making, teens said the No. 1 group they listen to was parents, with friends a close second and partners a close third, said Melissa Nearchos, senior project coordinator for the partnership. About 72 percent of the 288 youths surveyed answered parents. About 12 percent of teens surveyed said one of their top two influences were teachers.

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