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Teenagers

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Percentage of never-married teenagers 15-19 years of age who have ever had intercourse, by age and sex: United States, 1995, 2002, and 2006-2010

Female 1995 2002 2006-2010
15-19 years of age 49.3% 45.5% 42.6%
15-17 years of age 38.0% 30.3% 27.0%
18-19 years of age 68.0% 68.8% 62.7%
Male 1995 2002 2006-2010
15-19 years of age 55.2% 45.7% 41.8%
15-17 years of age 43.1% 31.3% 28.0%
18-19 years of age 75.4% 64.3% 63.9%

Source: Series 23, No. 31, Table 1 [PDF - 723 KB]

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Percentage of females 15-19 years of age by type of relationship with partner at first intercourse, 2002 and 2006-2010

  2002 2006-2010
Just met/just friends 14.0% 15.7%
Going out once in a while 6.6% 8.6%
Going steady 74.3% 69.8%
Cohabitating, engaged, or married 3.7% 2.6%

Source: Series 23, No. 31, Table 4 [PDF - 723 KB]

 

Teen pregnancy

See also Teenagers

 

Pregnancy, live birth, induced abortion, and fetal loss rates* among females 15-19 years of age, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2002, and 2008:

  1990 1995 2000 2002 2008
All pregnancies 116.8 101.1 85.8 76.3 69.8
Live births 59.9 56.0 47.7 42.6 40.2
Induced abortions 40.3 29.4 24.0 21.1 17.8

Fetal losses

16.6 15.7 14.1 12.6 11.8

*Rates are number of events per 1,000 females 15-19 years of age.

NOTE: The teen pregnancy rate dropped 40% from 1990 to 2008. Reaching a historic low, the teenage pregnancy rate in 2008 was the lowest reported since 1976.

Source: Ventura SJ, Curtin SC, Abma JC, Henshaw SK. Estimated Pregnancy Rates and Rates of Pregnancy Outcomes for the United States, 1990-2008 [PDF - 462 KB]. (Table 2) National vital statistics report, Vol 60 No 7. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health States. 2012.

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