to adolescents under age 18 per 10,000
females under age 18
Rationale for use of indicator
to adolescents are an indicator for other social and behavioral risk factors.
This group of young pregnant women is also likely to experience barriers to health
Because these pregnancies ore often unplanned and unwanted,
they can negatively affect the health and well-being of the mother, father, and
child. The accompanying lack of economic and social support may contribute to
a variety of health problems.
Interventions include programs
or activities to improve communication between adolescents and parents on human
sexuality, to reduce sexual intercourse among teenagers, and to reduce nonuse
of contraceptives among those who are unmarried and sexually active.
1997 Texas Vital Statistics
Children at Risk.
The indicators. [Online: http://www.childrenatrisk.org/
] July 1999.
Institute of Medicine. 1997. Improving health in the
community: A role for performance monitoring. Washington,
D.C.: National Academy Press.
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