Research :: Examining State-Level Patterns in Teen Childbearing: 1991 to 2009

This research brief by Child Trends, created through a partnership with NAHIC, uses state-level data to examine trends in the teen birth rate over 19 years, from 1991 to 2009, including the uptick in 2006 and 2007. Findings suggest substantial variation in the teen birth rate across states, (ranging across states from 16 to 64 births per 1,000 15-19 year-old females in 2009) and also in the degree of change over this timeframe. Four different state patterns of decline emerged:

  • High start rate (in 1991)/sharp uptick;
  • Medium-high start rate/modest uptick;
  • Medium-low start rate/modest uptick; and
  • Low start rate/modest uptick

The brief also describes state social and demographic characteristics associated with these patterns.

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Data and Monitoring, Reports, Sexual and Reproductive Health, State Data


February 8, 2012


Mary Terzian, Ph.D., M.S.W., & Kristin A. Moore, Ph.D.


Examining State-Level Patterns in Teen Childbearing: 1991 to 2009


A Profile of Adolescent Health: The Role of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

This 2002 article reviews the gender and racial/ethnic disparities in adolescent health.

Mental/Behavioral Health | Mortality | Risky Behavior | Sexual and Reproductive Health | Socio-demographic disparities | Substance Use | Trends

The Health Status of Young Adults in the U.S.

This 2006 article synthesizes national data to present a health profile of young adults, reviewing social indicators that describe the context of young adulthood and presenting measures of health status.

Access & Utilization | Data and Monitoring | Journal Articles | Mortality | Risky Behavior | Young Adults

A Shifting Health Landscape for Adolescents and Young Adults: Planning for the Implementation of Federal Health Care Reform in New York

This brief is the second in a series of publications associated with a multi-year evaluation of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (MSAHC), which provides comprehensive health services to adolescents and young adults ages 10-24 in the New York City metro area.

Affordable Care Act | Clinical Guidelines | Confidential Care | Policy | Reports | State Policy | Young Adults | Youth-Centered Care

State Policies and Adolescent Alcohol Use

Consistent with prior research, a 2014 Research Brief from our partners at Child Trends presented mixed findings on the relationship between state policy and adolescent alcohol use. Higher beer taxes and laws requiring that beer kegs be registered are associated with decreases in adolescent drinking, laws that impose a driver’s license penalty for consumption are […]

Policy | Reports | State Policy | Substance Use

Developing a Monitoring System for Indicators in Middle Childhood: Identifying Measures

This 2008 paper builds on the initial paper, Conceptualizing a Monitoring System for Indicators in Middle Childhood, that conceptualizes elements of well-being relevant for the middle childhood period, identifies potential constructs and develops criteria for indicators.

Data and Monitoring | Journal Articles