Adolescent Pregnancy

  • Mark A. Goldstein


Sexual activity prevalence: About 25% of teens report intercourse by age 15. In Boston, 49% of high school females report sexual intercourse. Predictors of early sexual intercourse include early pubertal development, history of sexual abuse, poverty, lack of attentive/nurturing parents, lack of school or career goals, substance abuse, and poor school performance. Virginity pledges may not affect sexual behavior and may also decrease the likelihood of using contraception.


Ectopic Pregnancy Pregnant Teen Teen Birth Poor School Performance Teen Birth Rate 
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References and Additional Readings

  1. Committee on Adolescence, American Academy of Pediatrics. Counseling the adolescent about pregnancy options. Pediatrics 1998;101:938–40.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Committee on Adolescence, American Academy of Pediatrics. Adolescent pregnancy: current trends and issues. Pediatrics 2005;116:281–86.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. McClanahan KK. Depression in pregnant adolescents: considerations for treatment. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol 2009;22:59–64.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Adolescent and Young Adult MedicineMassGeneral Hospital for ChildrenBostonUSA

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