Teen Parents

Younger Parenting College Students More Likely to Feel Isolated, Contemplate Suicide
new report explores the mental health needs of parenting students at undergraduate institutions across the country. Using a sample of nearly 45,000 parenting students, the report highlights concerning disparities in mental health outcomes for younger parenting students ages 18-24, indicating they are five times more likely than non-parenting students to report feeling worthless, twice as likely to report feeling left out or isolated, and twice as likely to have considered suicide in the past year. The report includes eight recommendations for postsecondary institutions to better support the mental health of student parents, with specific emphasis on programs and supports that target younger parenting students. (2021)

Conflict Between Divorced Parents Can Lead to Mental Health Problems in Children
Conflict between divorced or separated parents increases the risk of children developing physical and mental health problems. A new study from the Arizona State University Research and Education Advancing Children’s Health (REACH) Institute found that children experience fear of being abandoned when their divorced or separated parents engage in conflict. Worrying about being abandoned predicted future mental health problems in children (2021).

Decline in Unintended Births
Although unintended births – those categorized as too early or unwanted – have declined in recent years in the U.S., about three in ten births in recent years were unintended. Second births are least often categorized as unintended, at 25%, with the highest share of births that are unintended occurring among third or later births, at 40% (2021).

Teen Birth Rates Continue to Decline
The provisional birth rate for teenagers in 2018 was 17.4 births per 1,000 women aged 15-19, down 7% from 2017, and another record low for this age group. The rate has declined by 58%, or nearly 8% per year, since 2007, the most recent period of continued decline, and 72% since 1991, the most recent peak. The number of births to females aged 15-19 was 179,607 in 2018, down 8% from 2017 and down 60% from 2007. (2019)

The Father Factor: A Critical Link in Building Family Prosperity
This report summarizes critical themes and practical examples that surfaced at the convening to increase father engagement for the well being of children, families, and communities. (2019)

More than a Million Millennials are Becoming Moms Each Year
Some 1.3 million Millennial women gave birth for the first time in 2015, according to recently released data from the National Center for Health Statistics, raising the total number of U.S. women in this generation who have become mothers to more than 16 million. (2017)

US Teen Birth Rate Drops to All-time Low
In the United States, teen-aged moms are increasingly rare. In 2016, the teen birth rate dropped 9% compared to the previous year. This record low for teens having babies continues a long-term trend. The birth rate among teen girls has dropped 67% since 1991, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, which presented preliminary data for 2016 based on a majority (99.9%) of births. (2017)

Age of First Marriage > Age of First Birth
The median age at women’s first marriage remains higher than the median age at first birth, and the share of births to unmarried women remains constant at 40%, signaling the decoupling of marriage and childbearing and the delay in both marriage and childbirth. (2017)

Dads Behind on Child Support Spend Less Time With Kids
Fathers who don’t live with their children but who are behind on child support payments have significantly less contact with their children than those who are not behind. What makes the biggest difference in father-child time is the quality of the relationship between biological parents. (2017)

Infant Simulators Designed to Discourage Teen Pregnancy, Actually Encourage It
In high schools around the world, teenagers are handed an electronic doll to care for for a day or two, to expose them to the challenges of parenting. The thought is that these so-called infant simulators will reduce the incidence of teen pregnancy. But the first randomized trial on the dolls finds they may do the exact opposite — actually increasing pregnancy rates in schools where they’re used. (2017)

CDC: United States Still Faces Too Many Repeat Teen Births
Although rates of repeat births among teens are on the decline, tens of thousands of American teens are still getting pregnant for a second time, according to research published in the April 28 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. (2017)