POLICY BRIEF: Prevention of teenage pregnancy and its consequences

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On average, the birth rate (expressed as a percentage of total births) for Romanian girls aged 10-14 is 8.5 times higher than the EU average, and the birth rate at 15-19 years is 3.4 times higher than the EU average.

In order to develop a precise picture of the phenomenon of teenage mothers in Romania, it is necessary to develop an understanding of why there are such disparities both between counties and within counties. To explore the situation accurately, granular, community-level data must be collected, both on the adolescent birth rate and its social determinants.

International research has identified strong associations between teenage pregnancy and a variety of factors. In particular, young people who grow up in poverty or are disadvantaged in another specific way, present a higher risk of suffering an early pregnancy (early menarche, poverty, lack of education, family structure and context, abuse, non-involvement of teenage mothers in the community, ethnic minorities).

Publication date: January 2022

SUMAR DE POLITICI prevenirea sarcinilor și a consecințelor acestora la adolescente
Author(s)
Andrea Neculau, Diana Neguț, Mihai Văcaru, Cristina Vladu