The extent to which pregnancy intentions mediate the relationship between individual, familial and cultural characteristics and adolescent pregnancy is not well understood. The role of intentions may be particularly important among Latina teenagers, whose attitudes toward pregnancy are more favorable than those of other groups and whose pregnancy rates are high. Prospective, time-varying data from — were used to investigate whether two measures of pregnancy intentions, wantedness and happiness, mediated associations between risk factors and pregnancy among Latina adolescents in San Francisco. Participants were tested for pregnancy and interviewed about pregnancy intentions, partnerships, family characteristics and activities every six months for two years.
A Look at Latina Teen Pregnancies: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Class -
As she reminisces, a naked two-year-old streaks into her kitchen. His grandmother whisks him away. She hopes to return, but now her body is changing again. Two-fifths of its new mothers are teenagers, the highest share of any municipality in the country, which in turn has the highest rate of teen motherhood outside Africa. Adults and youngsters mingle in boozy gatherings on the streets. Almost a third of Latin American women can expect to have a baby before reaching the age of That is a higher rate of teen motherhood than in any region except sub-Saharan Africa, which is much poorer.
Why are birth rates higher for Latina teens than others? It’s complicated, experts say
I know that it's often said that teen pregnancy is a cause of poverty. But I'm thinking this is something that exists before the pregnancy in many cases. And so that's something that we need to go to the root of. It's not enough to say that if we are to reduce teen pregnancy rates that it's going to solve that issue of poverty among Latinos. Christina Martinez, mother of four children and a teacher in Sacramento, California, got pregnant with her first child at the age of
This teen mom and her newborn rode a city bus to a school for delinquents. At 14, she was told to hide her baby bump and switch schools. And they delivered. When Viririana Covarrubias announced she was pregnant at 15, a family meeting was held.