Adolescent Fertility: Worldwide Concerns

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Population Reference Bureau, 1985 - Demography - 51 pages
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Future world population growth will be particularly affected by teenage fertility in the developing countries, which contain 82 percent of the 245 million women aged 15-19 in 1985, with the number projected to rise another 75 million by 2020. In most developing countries early marriage and childbearing are stil the norm and birth rates of women aged 15-19 are well above 100 per 1,000. (The rate is just 15 in China, the world's most populous country.) The range in developed countries is from 4 in Japan to 81 to Bulgaria . Abortion and out-of-wedlock childbearing are increasing among teenagers in many developed and fast-urbanizing developing countries. This reflects more and earlier premarital sexual activity, fostered by the lengthening gap between puberty and marriage, diminished parental and social controls, and increasing peer and media pressures to be sexually active.

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