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Teen Pregnancy and Single Motherhood

Posted Tuesday, December 11, 2007

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The statistics about teen pregnancy are sobering: 2800 teens get pregnant each day, and only a third of them are likely to finish high school. Looking at those numbers, it's hardly surprising then to find that teen mothers are more likely to end up living in poverty. This whole problem hits African-American communities particularly hard: Sixty-nine percent of Black children are born to single parents. That's a slightly different issue than teen pregnancy, but both turn out to be predictors of future poverty. On our program, we're continuing our look with The Plain Dealer at the problems afflicting Mount Pleasant and Cleveland, and we'll have a conversation about teen pregnancy and single motherhood.

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Government/Politics, Health, Children's Health, Community/Human Interest, Parenting/Child Care, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

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Valerie Hicks, director, Kidz Health 2020
Lita Townsend, Responsible Sexual Behavior Supervisor for the Cleveland Metro School District
Bill Albert, deputy director, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

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Teen pregnancy rates have been dropping, but they've bounced up a little bit recently, according to the New York Times.

Special Series: Poverty in the City

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