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Negative Impacts of Teen Childbearing

Teen childbearing is associated with negative consequences for the adolescent parents, their children, and society.1

Children born to adolescents face particular challenges—they are more likely to have poorer educational, behavioral, and health outcomes throughout their lives, compared with children born to older parents.2

Moreover, teen childbearing costs U.S. taxpayers between $9.4 and $28 billion a year through public assistance payments, lost tax revenue, and greater expenditures for public health care, foster care, and criminal justice services.1,2


1 Hoffman, S. D., & Maynard, R. A. (Eds.). (2008). Kids having kids: Economic costs and social consequences of teen pregnancy (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: Urban Institute Press.
2 The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. (2013). Counting it up: The public costs of teen childbearing: Key data. Washington, DC: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Retrieved from https://powertodecide.org/what-we-do/information/resource-library/counting-it-key-data.
Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on March 28, 2019