Thursday, November 5, 2009
Contrary to popular belief,
A new look at the characteristics of teen parents finds that most aren't from single-parent households nor are they from households in poverty, according to a data analysis released Tuesday.
The study by the nonprofit Child Trends for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, shows that of teens who report having a baby or fathering a child:
•39% lived with both biological parents; 19% reported living with one biological and one step-parent.
•28% lived in families with incomes below the federal poverty line.
Those who have had a teen birth are disproportionately more likely to be from single-parent families compared to teens overall, but the study finds more than half of teen parents were themselves from two-parent families.