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Teenage pregnancies are connected with many social issues, such as higher poverty rates, lower education, single parent homes, violent homes, and low self-esteem. Moreover, children of teenage parents are more likely to follow the path of their parents. Girls born to teenage mother have a 22% higher chance of repeating the teen mother cycle, and boys have a 13% higher chance of ending up in prison (Furstenberg, Levine, & Brooks-Gunn, 1990). According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (2012) about one- third of girls in the United States will become pregnant before the age of 20 which means approximately 820,000 teenage girls become pregnant at least once before the age of 20. The United States have the highest rate of teenage pregnancy among 46 developed countries ("U.S. Teenage Pregnancy Statistics National and State Trends and Trends by Race", 2006).
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Research shows that teenage mothers may come from violent homes, single parent homes, have poor self-esteem, a history of depression, and a history of drug or alcohol abuse (Quinlivan, Tan, Steele & Black, 2004). The average teen mother is 17.5 years old. UNITED STATES birth rates are higher than any other country. $9 billion are spent annually on teen pregnancy. Florida alone had 354,000 teen births between 1991 and 2004, costing taxpayers $8.1 billion.