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Not So Fun Facts

Sexual Behaviors

  • Seventy-five percent of teen pregnancies are unplanned; they account for about one-fifth of all unintended pregnancies annually. (1)
  • The teen pregnancy rate has been dropping over the years, reaching a historic low in 2016 of 20.3 per 1,000 women aged 15–19. (2)
  • ~6% of all births in the US are to teenage mothers. (1)
  • Nearly 1 in 4 female teens at risk for unintended pregnancy (18%) were not using any contraceptive method at last intercourse (1)
  • In 2010, 60%  of pregnancies among 15–19-year-olds ended in a birth, 26% in abortion, and the rest end in miscarriage.  The most common reasons given for having an abortion were (1):
    • -fear of how a baby would change their life
    • -inability to afford a baby
    • -feeling too immature to raise a child
  • Teenage mothers are less likely to finish high school and are more likely to live in poverty, depend on public assistance, and be in poor health than slightly older mothers. (3)
  • A sexually active teen who does not use contraceptives has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year.
  • Although 15–24-year-olds represent only one-quarter of the sexually active population, they account for nearly half (9.7 million) of the new cases of sexually transmitted infections each year.(4)
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Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Use

  • Alcohol contributes to 100,000 deaths/year, including nearly 2 out of 5 traffic deaths. (5)
  • 63.2% of of high-school students had had at least one drink of alcohol on at least 1 day during their life and 32.8% have used alcohol in the last 30 days. (6)
  • 23.8% of students had drunk alcohol (other than a few sips) for the first time before age 13 years. (6)
  • According to a national survey, nearly 17.7% of all high school students reported hazardous drinking (5+ drinks in one setting). (6)
  • Girls are as likely as boys their age to drink alcohol
  • 35.6% of high-school students have used marijuana one or more times during their life. (6)
  • 6.8% of students had tried marijuana for the first time before age 13 years. (6)
  • 6.2% of students had sniffed glue, breathed the contents of aerosol spray cans, or inhaled any paints or sprays to get high one or more times during their life. (6)

Rape

  • 15% women will be stalked during her lifetime (7)
  • 15.2% of girls and 4.3% of boys were forced to do sexual things they did not want to do at some time in the last 12 month.(8)
  • 22% of female and 15% of male victims experienced intimate partner violence before age 18. (9)
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Nutrition and Physical Activity

  • 14.8% of high school students are overweight. (10)
  • 15.4% students do not participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity on any day (10)

Internet Safety

  • One in 5 teens have engaged in sexting (11)
  • In a study of persons under 18 noted 14.8 percent had sent sexts, 27.4 percent had received them, 12 percent had forwarded a sext without consent, and 8.4 percent had had it happen to them. (12)
  • 59% of U.S. teens have been bullied or harassed online (13)
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References

  1. Guttmacher Institute: Facts on American Teens’ Sexual and Reproductive Health.  At http://www.guttmacher.org/united-states/teens/teen-pregnancy last accessed January 2019.
  2. National Vital Statistics Report. At http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr67/nvsr67_01.pdf, last accessed 2018.
  3. NCSL Teen Pregnancy Prevention Report. At http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/teen-pregnancy-prevention.aspx, last accessed January 2019.
  4. Guttmacher Institute: Facts on American Teens’ Sexual and Reproductive Health. At https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/american-teens-sexual-and-reproductive-health, last accessed January 2019.
  5. American Academy of Pediatrics, at http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/substance-abuse/pages/Alcohol-The-Most-Popular-Choice.aspx,  Last accessed 9/14/18
  6. 2017 National Youth Risk Behavioral Survey, at https://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/App/QuestionsOrLocations.aspx?CategoryId=C03, Last accessed December 2018.
  7. Stalking Resource Center from National Center for Victims of Crime, found at http://victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center/stalking-information/stalking-statistics, last accesses January 2019
  8. YRBS Survey 2017, at https://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/App/Results.aspx?,accessed January 2019
  9. Youth.gov, found at https://youth.gov/youth-topics/teen-dating-violence/prevalence, last accessed January 2019
  10. 2017 National Youth Risk Behavioral Survey, at http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/yrbs/pdf/trends/us_obesity, Last accessed  January 2019
  11.  Sexting: Keeping Teens Safe and Responsible in an Tech Savvy World, at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2827324/, last accessed January 2019
  12. Teens are Sexting-Now What, at http://cox.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=427, last accessed January 2019
  13. . A Majority of Teens Have Experienced Some Form of Cyberbullying, at http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/09/27/a-majority-of-teens-have-experienced-some-form-of-cyberbullying/, last accessed January 2019

For minor Consent Laws

  1. http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_OMCL.pdf
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