Teen pregnancy, religion and the assumptions we make

Published on Los Angeles Times, by Tami Dennis, September 17, 2009.

Conclusions could be hastily made, but …

… In exploring some of the issues connected to teen pregnancy, researchers at Drexel University College of Medicine in Pennsylvania and at the University of Pittsburgh have analyzed data on births, religious beliefs, income and abortion rates.

They found that those states whose residents expressed more strongly held religious beliefs, termed “religiosity,” had higher teen birth rates. This held true even after controlling for income and abortion rate. 

The researchers concluded: “One possible explanation for this relationship is that teens in more religious communities may be less likely to use contraception” … (full text).

Links:

Teenage pregnancy on wikipedia: global incidence, agencies involved, organizations, articles, Forums and support sites;

Google Video-results for Teenage Pregnancy; Google News-results for teenage pregnancy.

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