No girl ends up a teen mom on her own. There is always a guy involved, at least when it comes to getting pregnant. And whether they like it or not, these dads become instrumental figures in their children's lives. But they don't always stick around. Here, straight facts about teen dads based on recent studies:
-- 66% of teen boys who become fathers are 18 or 19 years old. Only 1 in 3 teen dads are younger than 18 when their child is born. This is also true of teen moms: Most (65%) are 18 and 19 when they give birth.
-- About half (48%) of teen fathers are Caucasian, 29% are African-American and 19% are Hispanic.
-- Only 1 out of 4 teen fathers live with their child's mother at the time their child is born. More than half of teen fathers don't live with their child or their child's mother when the baby is born, and only 8% of teen dads are married.
-- Studies show that teen dads who live with their children at the time they are born may be more committed to being involved in the lives of their children after the birth. Of those teen dads who DO live with their child at birth, 62% still live with them a few years later when they are in their early 20s. Among those boys who did NOT live with their child at birth, only 28% live with them in their early 20s.
-- By the time teen dads are in their early 20s, about half of them have another child (not always with the same mother) and 17% have three or more children by age 24. Research suggests that when guys have more children as teens or young adults, opportunities for finishing their education or being financially stable decrease.
+ Are you surprised by any of this data? Why do you think teen dads are less likely to be involved in their children's lives, and what do you think can be done to get them to care about pregnancy prevention in the first place? Tell us in the comments!
--Written by Amy Kramer of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
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