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Child trends researches educational level of teen mothers.

According to new Child Trends research, one in three (34 percent) of young women who had been teen mothers did not earn a high school diploma or a GED, compared with only 6 percent of young women who had not had a teen birth. Among the other findings presented in a fact sheet entitled Diploma Attainment Among Teen Mothers, which can be accessed at

* Slightly more than one-half (51 percent) of teen mothers received a high school diploma by the age of twenty-two, compared with 89 percent of young women who had not given birth during their teen years.

* A higher proportion of teen mothers earned a GED (15 percent) than did their counterparts who had not experienced a teen birth (5 percent).

* Younger teen mothers are less likely than older teen mothers to earn a diploma. Among young women who had a child before the age of eighteen, only 38 percent earned a high school diploma by the age of twenty-two, compared with 60 percent of those who were eighteen or nineteen at the time that they had their first child.

Data used in this study were drawn from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth--1997 Cohort.
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Title Annotation:Research
Publication:Camping Magazine
Date:May 1, 2010
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