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Indicator Report - Adolescent Births

Why Is This Important?

Research indicates that bearing a child during adolescence is associated with long-term difficulties for the mother, her child, and society. These consequences are often attributable to poverty and other adverse socioeconomic circumstances that frequently accompany early childbearing.

Compared to babies born to older mothers, babies born to adolescent mothers, particularly young adolescent mothers, are at higher risk of low birthweight and infant mortality. These babies are more likely to grow up in homes that offer lower levels of emotional support and cognitive stimulation, and they are less likely to earn a high school diploma. For the mothers, giving birth during adolescence is associated with limited educational attainment, which in turn can reduce future employment prospects and earning potential.

Birth Rate for Females Aged 15-19 by Utah Small Area, 2012-2013 and Utah and U.S., 2013

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Data Notes

A description of the Utah Small Areas may be found on IBIS at the following URL:

*Use caution in interpreting, the estimate has a coefficient of variation >30% and is therefore deemed unreliable by Utah Department of Health standards.

**The estimate has been suppressed because 1) the relative standard error is greater than 50% or the relative standard error can't be determined or 2) the observed number of events is very small and not appropriate for publication.

^2013 Utah rate.

^^2013 U.S. preliminary rate.

Data Sources

Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health. Population estimates produced by staff in the UDOH Center for Health Data and Informatics. Linear interpolation of U.S. Census Bureau and ESRI ZIP Code data provided annual population estimates for ZIP Code areas by sex and age groups, IBIS Version 2013. National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Other Views


The adolescent birth rate is reported as the number of live births per 1,000 adolescent females.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: The number of live births to adolescent mothers.
Denominator: The number of adolescent females in the population.

Page Content Updated On 11/25/2014, Published on 12/09/2014
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Content updated: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:17:05 MST