Update on adolescent pregnancy in the Black community.

Kellie D. Bryant

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Adolescent pregnancy is a social issue that severely jeopardizes the quality of life for young parents and their children. It is estimated that if fertility rates remain unchanged, the United States will see a 26% increase in the number of adolescent pregnancies and births due to an increase in the adolescent population (Henshaw, 1996). With a disproportional rate of Black adolescents becoming pregnant, there is a need to examine factors related to the high adolescent pregnancy rate among the Black community. Black adolescent mothers and their children face additional adverse psychosocial effects due to healthcare disparities, a higher incidence of health problems, and an increase risk of financial hardship (Hogan, Astone, & Kitagawa, 1985; J. V. Horn, 1998; Morgan, Chapar, & Fisher, 1995). Although the teenage pregnancy rate has declined, it is important for practitioners to continue to implement interventions that promote abstinence and increase contraceptive use among sexually active adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-136
Number of pages4
JournalThe ABNF journal : official journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty in Higher Education, Inc
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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