[RFHF] In the News: Teen Pregnancy Linked To Pre-Teen Literacy Levels

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Fri Nov 2 13:39:21 PDT 2012

I thought you may find the results of this study interesting...
"...Researchers found that:

  *   Girls with poor literacy were 2.5 times as likely to have a baby during their teens, compared to their peers with good literacy.
  *   During the six-year assessment period, 21% of those with low literacy had a baby during their teen year.
  *   During this same period, 3% of those with low literacy had 2 or more babies during their teenage years
  *   12% of those with average literacy had a baby during their teenage years
  *   1% of girls with average reading skills had at least two babies when they were teenagers
  *   5% of the good readers had a baby when they were teenagers
...Health care professionals and providers who work with pre-teen girls should consider literacy when delivering reproductive health services, the researchers concluded."

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528
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