Survey Explores Attitude of Latina Teen Mothers
Fifty-three precent of Latinas get pregnant as teenagers, with a birth rate among Hispanic teens ages 15 to 19 at 81.7 per 1,000 in 2007. Compare that to the birth rate of non-hispanic white teens (27.2 per 1000) and non-hispanic black teens (64.3 per 1000).
Of the 759 Latino teens surveyed, 49 percent said their parents most influenced their decisions about sex, compared with 14 percent who cited friends. Three percent cited religious leaders, 2 percent teachers and 2 percent the media.
Three-quarters of Latino teens said their parents have talked to them about sex and relationships, but only half said their parents discussed contraception.
The survey also found that:
Megan Carpentier, of Jezebel -- a blog much more well spoken than us about teen pregnancy issues -- also has some interesting words about the findings.
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