Age Differences Between Minors Who Give Birth and Their Adult Partners

Research Report

Age Differences Between Minors Who Give Birth and Their Adult Partners

Abstract

The role of adult men in adolescent childbearing has received heightened attention in recent years, and new policy efforts have focused on statutory rape laws as a way to reduce adolescent childbearing. Analyses of the 1988 National Maternal and Infant Health Survey indicate, however, that these policies would not apply to most teenage births.

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