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.[1]

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]

Footnotes »

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 May 4, 2016, from http://thenationalcampaign.org/sites/default/files/resource-primary-download/counting-it-up-key-data-2013-update.pdf.
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Last updated: November 03, 2016