Sharon Yin pm, Apr 05, Social researchers have long studied the effects being a mother has on teenage girls, but a new Yale study has revealed that there are significant consequences for teenage fathers as well. The study, by Jason Fletcher, an assistant professor at the Yale School of Public Health, has found that young men who become fathers during their teenage years are less likely to graduate from high school and more likely to join the military or seek full-time employment. Published online March 24 in the journal Economic Inquiry, the study also found that teens who practice birth control face smaller consequences than those who do not. Vincent DiCaro, vice president of public affairs at the National Fatherhood Initiative, said that teen fatherhood has not yet been thoroughly researched, especially in comparison to the literature that exists on teenage motherhood.
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Teenage fathers face a range of life consequences compared with their peers who do not have children, including decreased educational achievements and increased likelihood of early marriage or cohabitation, a new study co-authored by a Yale School of Public Health researcher has found. While the costs of teenage motherhood have been extensively studied and documented, there has been relatively little research into the economic and educational consequences faced by teenage fathers, said Jason M. Fletcher, Ph. Their dataset consisted of men younger than 18 years and nine months. They found that while only 64 percent of the study group received a high school diploma, teenage fatherhood dramatically shifted this outcome by reducing the chances of graduating high school by 15 percentage points. Additionally, teenage fatherhood was also associated with an increased likelihood of early marriage and cohabitation: 26 percent of the young men surveyed were married and 62 percent were living with their partner. The rate of fatherhood for males ages 15 to 19 was
Teenage Fatherhood Found to Have Far-reaching Educational, Social Consequences
A girl who has decided to have her baby should be under the care of an obstetrician, preferably someone with experience in working with adolescents. According to Dr. Late entry into perinatal care may also increase the risks. One in seven premature deliveries can be blamed on maternal smoking. Yet the mids witnessed a rise in the percentage of teenagers who smoked throughout their pregnancy—one in six, at last count.
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