Health and Well-Being

Children born as a result of an unplanned pregnancy are more likely to experience adverse health and developmental consequences. Teen mothers are more likely to deliver pre-term and low birth weight babies, two factors which raise the probability of health problems for a child. In addition, one-third of teens do not see a healthcare provider during the first trimester of pregnancy, increasing the odds of a baby born with complications. In addition, children of teen parents suffer higher rates of abuse and neglect than children of mothers that delayed childbearing.

In Texas:

  • 9.5% of babies born to females under 20 years old are low birth weight.
  • 12% of high school students have been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriends.
  • 9% of high school students have been physically forced to have sexual intercourse, when they did not want to.
  • 20% of high school students did not use any method to prevent pregnancy during their last sexual intercourse.
  • 17% of high school students have had sexual intercourse with 4 or more people.
  • 24% of high school students drank or used drugs before their last sexual intercourse.