Adolescent pregnancy: Current trends and issues

Jonathan D. Klein, Michelle S. Barratt, Margaret J. Blythe, Angela Diaz, David S. Rosen, Charles J. Wibbelsman, S. Paige Hertweck, Miriam Kaufman, Benjamin Shain, Karen S. Smith

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Abstract

The prevention of unintended adolescent pregnancy is an important goal of the American Academy of Pediatrics and our society. Although adolescent pregnancy and birth rates have been steadily decreasing, many adolescents still become pregnant. Since the last statement on adolescent pregnancy was issued by the Academy in 1998, efforts to prevent adolescent pregnancy have increased, and new observations, technologies, and prevention effectiveness data have emerged. The purpose of this clinical report is to review current trends and issues related to adolescent pregnancy, update practitioners on this topic, and review legal and policy implications of concern to pediatricians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-286
Number of pages6
JournalPediatrics
Volume116
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005

Keywords

  • Adolescent parents
  • Childbearing
  • Contraceptives
  • Pregnancy

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