Teenage Pregnancies: #1 in Laotian Americans
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A 2001 study by the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health Research and Policy found that 19% of allbirths to Laotian mothers were to teen mothers, the highest rate for any group in the state of California.
The Guttmacher Institute found that 51% of teen pregnancies end in birth, 35% in abortion, and 14% in miscarriage. Hence, teen pregnancies for Laotians may be as high as 38%. It should be noted that this differs with DHS estimates (below is a rate from a 1994 report), but even DHS says it’s the highest rate for any group in the State: Laotians have the highest teen birthrate in the State at 8.7%, which contributes to a high rate of unemployment and welfare dependency (DHS 1994).
For more information regarding teenage pregnancy in Laotian Americans, read the 2001 API Teenage Pregnancy final report.
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