Academic journal article The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality

Teenage Pregnancy

Academic journal article The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality

Teenage Pregnancy

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Dryburgh, H. (2000). Teenage pregnancy. Health Reports, 12, 9-18

This report from Statistics Canada updates teen pregnancy data up to and including 1997. The report begins by noting that during the last quarter century, there has been an overall decline in the Canadian teen pregnancy rate. To determine the number of teen pregnancies in a given year, Statistics Canada sums the number of live births, induced abortions, still births, and known miscarriages for women aged 15 to 19. The teen pregnancy rate is the number of pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19.

Statistics Canada began collecting teen pregnancy data in 1974 and in that year the rate was 53.7 per 1,000. By 1987, the teen pregnancy rate had declined to 41.1, the lowest rate for the period 1974 to 1997. By 1994, the rate had increased to 48.8. However, since then the rate declined to 47.1 in 1995, 45.2 in 1996, and 42.7 in 1997. In 1997, there were an estimated 42,162 teen pregnancies. In that year, the pregnancy rate among 15 to 17 year-olds was 25. …

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