Teen births in Puerto Rico

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Why This Indicator Matters

Teenage childbearing can have long-term negative effects for mother and child. Babbies born to teens are far more likely to be born preterm and at a low birth weight - and into families with limited educational and economic resources, which indermines their future success. Children born to teen mothers tend to have poorer academic and behavioral outcomes and are more likely to engage in sexual activity and become teen mothers themselves. Although currently at a historic low, the teen birth rate in United States remains the highest among affluent countries with 20 births per 1,000 teens, while Puerto Rico, even though this indicator has been decreasing, there is a teen birth rate of almost 30 births per 1,000 teens.
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Definitions: Births in teenagers between 15 and 17 years old per 1,000 females in this age group. Data reflect the mother's place of residence, rather than place of birth. This measure of teenage childbearing focuses on the fertility of all females ages 15 to 17, regardless of marital status.

Data Source: As a result of a data petition to the Puerto Rico Department of Health, Auxiliary Secretariat for Planning and Development, Division of Statistical Analysis.