Recent Changes in the US Teen Birth Rate

Recent Changes in the US Teen Birth Rate

After peaking in the early 1990s, the nation’s teen pregnancy and birth rates have declined dramatically—teen pregnancy is down 55%; teen births have plummeted by 67%. Since the federal, evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program and the Personality Responsibility Education Program (PREP) were established in 2010, the teen birth rate in the U.S. has declined 41%, a drop about twice as large as the decline in any other 6-year period. Despite this accelerating progress, some policymakers want to eliminate the TPP Program. But we have to ask—why mess with success?

Publication date: July 2017