Labor and delivery complications among teenage mothers

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Abstract

A broad set of academic literatures shows that childbearing is associated with a variety of negative health outcomes for teenage mothers. Many researchers question whether teenage childbearing is the causal explanation for the negative outcomes (i.e., whether there is a biological effect of teenage childbearing or whether the relationship is due to other factors correlated with health and teenage childbearing). This study investigates the relationship between teenage childbearing and labor and delivery complications using a panel of confidential birth certificate data over the period from 1994 to 2003 from the state of Texas. Findings show that compared to mothers aged 25 to 29 having their first child, teenager mothers appear to have superior health in most-but not all-labor and delivery outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-220
Number of pages21
JournalBiodemography and Social Biology
Volume57
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Anthropology
  • Genetics

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