Parent Involvement Needed to Curb Hispanic Teen Birth Rates

| by News Medical Net

Hispanics are predicted to make up 25% of the teenage population nationwide
by 2025 and efforts to curb their teen pregnancy rate is key to reducing
unwanted pregnancies among all teenagers, according to the
McClatchy/Herald. More than half of Hispanic teenage girls will
become pregnant before age 20 -- nearly twice the national average and the
highest of any ethnic or racial group in the U.S., according to coalition, which
includes MANA, a national Hispanic women's

Ana Sol Gutierrez, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and a
participant in the coalition, said the higher pregnancy rates among Hispanic
teenagers can be attributed in part to a "different mind-set" among the group
that embraces motherhood even at a young age. She said the key to reducing
unplanned teenage pregnancies among Hispanics is to educate them about choosing
"when and how" to become parents, while still embracing maternity.

The National Campaign To
Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
surveyed more than 1,600 Hispanic
teenagers and adults nationwide and found that 76% of teens said their parents
most influenced their decisions about sex but that most parents said they did
not know how to have such a conversation with their children. The finding was
particularly evident among parents who only speak Spanish. Ruthie Flores, a
co-author of the study, said the solution is culturally appropriate education.