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Am J Public Health. 1988 Aug;78(8):919-22.

Teenage fathers and the fathers of infants of urban, teenage mothers.

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Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21205.


Data from Certificates of Live Birth, for recorded resident births in Baltimore in 1983, were used to describe fathers whose child was born to a teenage mother. Four groups were identified: 1) both father and mother were teenagers (12 per cent); 2) only the mother was a teenager (14 per cent); 3) only the father was a teenager (2 per cent); 4) both parents were aged 20 years of above (72 per cent). The fathers in the first three groups appeared at serious educational and financial disadvantage as compared with those where neither parent was a teenager. Within the teenage parent groups, White fathers had lower educational attainment than Black; one in four White fathers was married vs less than 5 per cent of Black. Although limited in scope, the data indicate that disadvantages associated with being a teenage father or the father of an infant born by a teenage mother are clear cut.

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