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Health Indicator Report of Adolescent Births

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 birth weight 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, 2014-2015 and Utah and U.S., 2015


Birth Rate for Females Aged 15-19 by Utah Small Area, 2014-2015 and Utah and U.S., 2015

Notes

A description of the Utah Small Areas may be found on IBIS at the following URL: [http://ibis.health.utah.gov/resource/Help.html]. *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. ***2015 U.S. preliminary rate.

Data Sources

  • Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • Population estimates produced by 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 2015
  • National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Data Interpretation Issues

The adolescent birth rate does not include abortions or miscarriages, and is an underestimate of the adolescent pregnancy rate.

Definition

The adolescent birth rate is reported as the number of live births per 1,000 adolescent females aged 15-19.

Numerator

The number of live births to adolescent mothers aged 15-19.

Denominator

The number of adolescent females in the population.

Other Objectives

Utah's 42 Community Health Indicators Similar to HP2020 Objective FP-8: Reduce PREGNANCIES among adolescent females.

How Are We Doing?

The teen birth rates per 1,000 females aged 15-19 in Utah, for the past five years were: 2011: 23.7[[br]] 2012: 23.2[[br]] 2013: 20.6[[br]] 2014: 19.5[[br]] 2015: 17.6 According to the 2013 Pregnancy Risk and Monitoring Survey (PRAMS) data, 55% of Utah females aged 18-19 reported their pregnancies as mistimed or unwanted. Another 31% reported that they were unsure whether or not they wanted to be pregnant.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Utah's adolescent birth rate has been lower than the United States' overall rate over the past decade, but is higher than several other states. Utah and U.S. adolescent birth rates per 1,000 females age 15-19 for the past five years were: 2011: Utah 23.7/U.S. 31.3[[br]] 2012: Utah 23.2/U.S. 29.4[[br]] 2013: Utah 20.6/U.S. 26.6[[br]] 2014: Utah 19.5/U.S. 24.2[[br]] 2015: Utah 17.6/U.S. 22.3* *2015 Preliminary data

What Is Being Done?

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs: The Utah Department of Health receives federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families for two programs addressing teen pregnancy prevention in Utah. The first program is for Abstinence Education Programs targeting Utah youth ages 10-16 with a specific focus on youth in the Utah Juvenile Justice System, youth of Hispanic origin and/or non-White race, and youth residing in areas with adolescent birth rates higher than Utah's state rate. Through a competitive bid process, the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) sub-contracted these federal funds to several community organizations. The second program is for Personal Responsibility Education Programs (PREP). Funds must be used for a program designed to educate adolescents on both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS, and three adulthood preparation subjects (healthy relationships, education and career success, and healthy life skills). Through a competitive bid process, the Utah Department of Health sub-contracted these funds to several community organizations. The target population is Utah youth ages 14-19 with a specific focus on youth in the Utah Juvenile Justice System, youth of Hispanic origin and/or non-White race, current teen moms, and youth residing in areas with adolescent birth rates higher than Utah's state rate. For more information or questions regarding the two programs mentioned above, contact 801-273-2870 or egerke@utah.gov.
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