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Raising the Behavior Bar II

 

The most statistically significant risk protective factor against teen pregnancy is the perceived consequence of pregnancy....

The biggest surprise of this study is in the area of adolescent pledges of virginity.

The protective ability of a teen virginity pledge to remain abstinent is so statistically significant as to be in a league of its own.

In fact, the virginity pledge is three times greater a protective factor than the next greatest protective factor.

 

[JAMA (Journal of American Medical Assoc.), "Protecting Adolescents From Harm: Findings From the National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health", September 1997; Add Health study, "Reducing the Risk:Connections That Make a Difference in the Lives of Youth", http://www.cpc.unc.edu/projects/addhealth/faqs/addhealth/Reducing-the-risk.pdf ; http://www.mnddc.org/extra/risk/page1.htm ; http://casel.org/publications/reducing-the-risk-connections-that-make-a-difference-in-the-lives-of-youth/]

 
Birth Control Use Data for Teen and Young Adult Females, 1995 PDF Print E-mail

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, Vital and Health Statistics Division data for 1995:

  15-19 year olds 20-24 year olds
Pill 13% 33%
Condom 10.9% 16.7%
No Contraceptives 70.2% 36.6%
Never had intercourse 49.8% 12.1%

Of 9.7 million women using "coitis-dependent contraceptives"  [i.e. barrier birth control methods such as the condom] in the 3 months prior to the interview, about 33% -- over 3 million -- used them inconsistently. An even higher percentage of teens using these methods reported inconsistent use -- 38%. The highest percentage of any group of women reporting inconsistent use was in the 20-24 year old group -- almost 42%.

9% of sexually active teens under age 16 are using the pill; 33.6% of these teens use condoms.

Nearly 30% of all women who had intercourse in the 3 months prior to the interview and used the pill as the only contraceptive method, reported missing a pill at least once during the cycle. [Table 45]

 
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