News Category: teens

Building the Knowledge Base about Evidence-Based Reproductive Health Education Programs

March 29, 2017

Evidence-based reproductive health education programs for younger teens have received considerable attention and investment over the last few years but knowledge about the needs of 18 and 19-year-olds, particularly community college students, and the programs that benefit them, is comparatively sparse. In fact, the highest rate of teen pregnancy occurs among the 18- and 19-year-old age group, yet teen pregnancy prevention programs typically target a younger demographic.

KIDS COUNT: An Amazing Resource for Data About Kids

March 11, 2015

Last week, CFRP faculty and staff attended the Center for Public Policy Priorities’ (CPPP) release of the 2015 State of Texas Children report. CPPP is home to the Texas KIDS COUNT Project, the state level site of the national KIDS COUNT effort funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Kids Having Kids in Texas

May 6, 2014

Despite large declines in teen birth rates…

The teen birth rate in Texas has fallen by 43 percent over the last two decades and by 5 percent in the last year alone. Research shows that effective abstinence-plus sex education programs have led to a delay and decline in teen sexual activity and an increased use of contraceptives by sexually active teens.

School is Positive Environment for Teens to Learn about Pregnancy Prevention

May 14, 2013

The national teen pregnancy rate has actually declined 42% over the last twenty years. However, the many impacts of teen pregnancy and childbearing continue to be large, especially in the state of Texas.  In 2010, 131 teens gave birth each day in Texas and 209 teen girls became pregnant. Texas has the third highest rate of teen pregnancies in the nation as well as the fourth highest rate of teen births.

1 in 5 Teen Births are Repeat Births

April 18, 2013

Though teen pregnancy rates have been declining, still more than 365,000 teens, ages 15 to 19, gave birth in 2010. Many of these teens have repeat births. A repeat (or subsequent) teen birth is defined as "the second (or more) pregnancy ending in a live birth before age 20". Nationally, 18.3% of births to teens are repeat births.

Demographic Trends in U.S. for Hispanic Adolescents

April 2, 2013

In just seven years, Hispanic youth will account for about 25% of adolescents between age 10 and 19 in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Adolescent Health together with the Office of Minority Health recently produced a snapshot about Hispanic adolescents on a range of indicators, including health care, teen pregnancy, higher education, and mental and physical health. Learn more