Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/washington/news.aspx?id=129985
Story Retrieval Date: 5/24/2013 3:57:31 PM CST
WASHINGTON - The number of babies being born to teens in the U.S. is on the rise once again, after a 14-year decrease. Latino teens have the highest rate of pregnancy and birth of all racial or ethnic groups. And statistics show a full fifty-three percent of all Latina women will become pregnant before they reach age 20. But parental advice could make a difference.
A survey released Tuesday by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and the National Council of La Raza shows that it’s the parents of Latino teens who are the most influential in their decisions about sex. And while three-quarters of teens surveyed say their parents have talked to them about relationships, only one-half of them say their parents have discussed contraception with them.
Community leaders gathered Tuesday to discuss how the survey's findings could help reverse the current trend.