Teen pregnancy in the US: Overview and opportunities for prevention

Jasmin Choi, Ariadna Capasso, Ralph DiClemente

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Teen pregnancy, while declining, remains a significant and persistent public health, social, and clinical challenge. Pregnant teens are a vulnerable population, at increased risk for adverse health, social, and psychological outcomes. Adequately confronting this challenge requires a multi-factorial approach – engaging youth themselves, family, peers, social networks, schools, and clinicians. One key contextual factor is public health policy. Thus, teen pregnancy may be more effectively addressed when a social-ecological framework is used to guide the development and implementation of programs. Single, isolated, and fragmented programmatic strategies are suboptimal. Only marshaling all our resources, and promoting teen friendly health policy, can we optimize our response to teen pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Health, First Edition
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780128188736
ISBN (Print)9780128188729
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • Adolescent pregnancy
  • Early pregnancy
  • Health disparity
  • Pregnancy in adolescence
  • Pregnant adolescents
  • Pregnant teenagers
  • Pregnant teens
  • Pregnant youth
  • Reproductive health
  • Sexual health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Youth pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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