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Surveillance for pregnancy and birth rates among teenagers, by state--United States, 1980 and 1990.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8139525     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PROBLEM/CONDITION: In the United States in 1990, there were an estimated 1 million pregnancies and 521,826 births among women ages 15-19 years. Rates of teenage pregnancy and birth rates by state in 1990 exceeded those in most developed countries. An estimated 95% of teenage pregnancies are unintended (i.e., they occur sooner than desired or are not wanted at any time).
REPORTING PERIOD COVERED: This report summarizes and reviews surveillance data for pregnancies, abortions, and births among women ages 15-19, 15-17, and 18-19 years reported by CDC for 1980 and 1990.
DESCRIPTION OF SYSTEM: Data for births and abortions were reported to state health departments and other health agencies and sent to CDC. The data from each state included the total number of births and abortions by age and race/ethnicity.
RESULTS: Data in this report indicate that pregnancy rates by state among U.S. teenagers ages 15-19 years have changed little since 1980. Moreover, many states have reported increases in birth rates that are probably related to concurrent decreases in abortion rates. Pregnancy rates range from 25 to 75 per 1,000 for 15- to 17-year-olds and from 92 to 165 per 1,000 for 18- to 19-year-olds.
INTERPRETATION: States with low rates of teenage pregnancy or birth may have developed and used prevention strategies directed at the needs of both younger and older teenagers; these programs may serve as models for other states where birth rates have remained high or have increased since 1980.
ACTIONS TAKEN: CDC will continue to conduct surveillance of and analyze data for pregnancies, abortions, and births among teenagers to monitor progress toward national goals and to assist in targeting program efforts for reducing teenage pregnancy.
A M Spitz; S J Ventura; L M Koonin; L T Strauss; A Frye; R L Heuser; J C Smith; L Morris; S Smith; P Wingo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  MMWR. CDC surveillance summaries : Morbidity and mortality weekly report. CDC surveillance summaries / Centers for Disease Control     Volume:  42     ISSN:  -     ISO Abbreviation:  MMWR CDC Surveill Summ     Publication Date:  1993 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-04-22     Completed Date:  1994-04-22     Revised Date:  2012-03-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8407977     Medline TA:  MMWR CDC Surveill Summ     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-27     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Legal / statistics & numerical data*,  trends
Birth Rate / ethnology,  trends*
Population Surveillance
Pregnancy in Adolescence / ethnology,  statistics & numerical data*
United States / epidemiology

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