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.
Data SourcesUtah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health. Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau. National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
DefinitionThe adolescent birth rate is reported as the number of live births per 1,000 adolescent females.
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 12/27/2012, Published on 02/06/2013