Teen Birth Rate Drops to a Record Low
While shows like '16 and Pregnant' and 'Teen Mom' are proving to be a huge draw for viewers, the rate at which teens are having babies is actually at a record low, reports the National Center for Health Statistics.
According to the Washington Post, the birth rate among U.S. girls aged 15 to 19 dropped to 39.1 births per 1,000 teens, the lowest rate ever recorded in the 70 years that the government as been collecting data. The rate, which is based on statistics from 2009, shows a 6 percent decrease from 2008.
Researchers are unsure as to why the rates are dropping, but some experts say that the decline is due to the recession. "I would not have guessed that teenagers would be most responsive to the economic downturn, but maybe we need to revise our stereotypes," said Samuel Preston, a professor of demography at the University of Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile, some teens are actually trying to get pregnant to be on reality shows like 'Teen Mom,' which has filmed its new season and is set to premiere next month. Some worry that such shows are glamorizing teen pregnancy, but going by these new statistics, teens are having less babies than ever before.
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