Go Home or Go On: A Prescription for Continuing the Nation's Progress in Preventing Teen Pregnancy

Go Home or Go On

One of the nation’s great success stories of the past two decades has been the historic decline in teen pregnancy and childbearing. Progress has been made in all 50 states and among all racial/ethnic groups. Thanks to teens themselves, a tough social issue that many once considered intractable turns out not to be so. All of this good news raises an important question: Is the progress in reducing too-early pregnancy and parenthood sufficiently deep and widespread that we should declare victory and go home? Our short answer is, “no.” We should declare victory and go on. Progress should not be confused with victory.   

Publication date: April 2015

Author(s): Sarah Brown and Bill Albert

Suggested Citation(s): Brown, S. & Albert, B. (2015). Go Home or Go On: A Prescription for Continuing the Nation's Progress in Preventing Teen Pregnancy. Washington, DC: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

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