Boyfriend pressure makes black teen girls more likely to want pregnancy


January 13, 2003
Blog Entry, Health

Poor, black teen girls who think their boyfriends want a baby are 12 times more likely to wish they were pregnant compared with similar teens who expressed no desire to become pregnant, according to new research. Girls in the study who wanted to become pregnant were almost four times as likely to have a partner who was at least five years older than themselves. They were also twice as likely to report feelings of low self-esteem and low family support, and twice as likely to feel that their partner would disapprove of using condoms.

From the Center for the Advancement of Health:
Boyfriend pressure makes black teen girls more likely to want pregnancy

Poor, black teen girls who think their boyfriends want a baby are 12 times more likely to wish they were pregnant compared with similar teens who expressed no desire to become pregnant, according to new research.

Girls in the study who wanted to become pregnant were almost four times as likely to have a partner who was at least five years older than themselves. They were also twice as likely to report feelings of low self-esteem and low family support, and twice as likely to feel that their partner would disapprove of using condoms.

Each of these factors could be influenced by behavioral intervention, which may make them “important aspects to consider when designing programs to reduce the risk of pregnancy among African-American adolescent females,” say Susan L. Davies, Ph.D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and colleagues.

Black teen girls examined

For the study, the researchers surveyed and interviewed 462 sexually active black teen girls between 14 and 18 years old living in low-income Birmingham neighborhoods. Forty percent of the participants had a previous pregnancy, but girls who wanted to become pregnant were less likely to report a past pregnancy.

Davies and colleagues suggest that these girls may experience a power imbalance in their sexual relationships, since their boyfriend’s age and perceived reluctance to use condoms have such a significant effect on the girls’ pregnancy wishes. This may mean that adolescent boys would be a good target for early pregnancy prevention programs, according to the researchers.

Although factors like self-esteem were not as strongly associated with pregnancy desires, “other studies suggest that early parenthood is perceived by some adolescents as an opportunity to heal childhood wounds, receive support from family members or obtain emotional closeness not found at home,” say the researchers.

The researchers acknowledge that their study does not address whether the girls’ desire to become pregnant may influence how their boyfriends think about pregnancy, or cause them to choose older sex partners.


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54 Responses to Boyfriend pressure makes black teen girls more likely to want pregnancy

  1. Ed @ Can Become Pregnant February 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    I am certain that this information is correct. Regardless of what anyone says, black, white, yellow, red or whatever color you are, non-skewed studies show the truth. There will always be errors to a point but after working in both white and black communities, I see the truth in this information. For more information on teenage pregnancy, you can look at Teenage Pregnancy And Birth Control

  2. Teveannah January 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    luanda jones you need to be slapped for that comment …

  3. Teveannah January 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    you know what anon your ass need to go some where with that bull….. idgaf what you say teen pregancy isnt on african americans teenage girls its also in white ,hispanic desent and i can keep going if you like ..so you can shut up and do something with your live .. i bet to your ass is white too.. you talking all that shit i bet you went to africa to adopted a black baby.. go check your self before you judge..

  4. Teveannah January 19, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    very much rasicst .. im a young teenage. i come from african and hatian descent … i have a boyfriend of 3 long years .. do i want or thinks my boyfriend wants a child HELL no.. you guys need to go somewhere with this … i want so prove right know ,if yall find prove then email me at skiesmith1@yahoo.com asap

  5. Luanda Jones November 13, 2010 at 7:47 am #

    I wants to get knocked-up sos i can gets on the jerry springer show

  6. TEVEANNAh October 23, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    yall need to be slapped f othiz shyt

  7. lil hause October 21, 2010 at 12:21 am #

    RACIST much -.-

  8. we.shall.overcome October 19, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

    I don’t believe this article was meant to be racist at all. Many black teens are having children. I myself am a 19 year old African American college student and I am pregnant expecting first child. I didn’t have the best childhood growing up, not usig that as basis for my pregnancy just as a point. In many ways I feel where this article is going ad the same time I feel it should have been broadened, many different races are having as many or more children than African Americans and that’s fine. In the world all black people really want to focus on is the use of our race not the content on which its being used. This article is not racist, it isn’t meant to be racist, but the ignorance inside everyone wants to take the use of pregnant and blacks and change it into a big deal. For years blacks and whites have been equal, in politics,sports….everything and this is no exception. Black, whites,latinos,Asian all cultures multiply whether it be at a vast speed or in a timely fashion every race has a group that is more prone to childbirth than others, and with the blacks it happens to ne young teenage girls, so don’t take offence when it is the truth. The article never said ONLY African Americans have children at early ages, we were just the topic of discussion.

  9. john dough October 15, 2010 at 2:53 pm #

    Why don’t you go take two years of intensive english classes before you even think about posting anything, anywhere you fucking retard.

  10. Anon October 1, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    This article isn’t racist just because it points out a statistical fact. I’m currently getting my masters degree in a scientific field and as such I have to take a research based class where all we do is analyze scientific data in quantitative and qualitative ways, and while maybe they didn’t phrase the article in the most eloquent way, conducting a research study in these terms and then reporting the findings isn’t racist just because some people don’t like the results. It would be like saying we conducted a big experiment in which we found that 1% fat milk is healthier for you than 2% milk and then being accused of hating dairy farmers that made 2% milk. The study clearly states that they interviewed a specific population and amongst that population that’s what they found. It wasn’t saying it was good or bad, it was just stating a fact. Now if some people don’t like this fact, then fair enough, I think it’s unfortunate too, but the reality states that this is a problem so rather than sit around debating whether it’s racist or not when we don’t have any proof that it is, lets work together to fix the problem at hand now that it’s been identified.

  11. Anonymous September 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    I definitely don’t agree with this topic. I know I am 13 but I am African American and I take this offensive. Black girls are not the only race that get pregnant, so these people really need to stop. It’s all races! And yeah, sometimes I do wish I was pregnant because I love babies and I wish I had my own, but I’m way to you and I need to think about my future and how things will affect me, my family, my life, and baby..so. This is a really..foul article.

  12. Anonymous September 16, 2010 at 12:22 am #

    African american girls may be having more children, but who said that’s a bad thing?

  13. links of London August 18, 2010 at 11:14 pm #

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  14. Anonymous August 7, 2009 at 5:32 pm #

    The racial and ethnic difference differences are simple statistics. From he CDC:

    “By 2002, the rates for black and Hispanic teenagers were very similar and were each more than two and one-half times the rate for non-Hispanic white teenagers.”

    http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/teenpreg1990-2002/teenpreg1990-2002.htm

    If we want to solve this problem it’s important first to accept the facts and note where attention is most needed. And to ask why the statistics are as different as they are. Why are teen pregnancy rates so low among Asian girls for instance? What can we all emulate?

    But the rates are growing among all groups. And like obesity, this social disease spreads though the culture. Those with pregnant friends are more likely to be pregnant. We all thought tolerance was they key in the ’70s, but treating teen pregnancy as acceptable has, unfortunately, made it just that.

  15. Anonymous August 6, 2009 at 2:21 am #

    This may mean that adolescent boys would be a good target for early pregnancy prevention programs, according to the researchers.

  16. Anonymous July 1, 2009 at 8:11 am #

    First off, learn how to spell AFRICAN! It’s A-f-R-i-c-a-n. Where the hell did you get the “e” from? Stupid ass. Do you watch the news? Do you know how many Hispanic, Asian, and white teens are getting pregnant? This article is racist because you can’t zone in on one race. (for the record, there are more Latinos multiplying than anybody. They are no longer a minority in number) Second, this article is flatout wrong because it talks about income. Fuck income! Sarah Palin’s daughter just had a baby. I believe Bristol Palin wasn’t Black. And I believe Sarah Palin isn’t poor or even near poor. So you can’t base your information on stereotypes. Oh, and there are white-only schools, too. It wasn’t considered racist to have all white schools back in the 60s. (white people were rascist) What would you know about coming from an area like that? Absolutely nothing. P.S.- preview your shit before you post it.

  17. Anonymous June 16, 2009 at 10:50 pm #

    I agree that this article should have been more general. The moment girls get interested in guys they’re trying to please them whether that’s at 5 years old or 15. The point I believe the author was aiming at was that girls who feel lonely and unloved are more likely to want to have kids with older guys. I mean some of the girls from the poorest of families have the greatest respect for themselves and their bodies and some of the girls from wealthy six-figure homes are the ones who just want love in their life. It’s ridiculous to say that the tax bracket you’re in makes you more or less susceptible to not using protection considering that many places hand out condoms for free.

  18. Anonymous May 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    it’s great that Obama, as well as many others, support and promote the freedom of choice, however, let’s not promote FREE abortions. Sounds like you aren’t a taxpayer because if you were you would understand that taxpayers are taxed enough. We pay for road, medical assistance, social security, disability benefits, politicians salaries, deducted school lunches, schools, teacher salaries, welfare, illegal aliens benefits, state colleges need I go on.

    So, although that benefit is available it is not a good thing. Have you ever heard of ACCOUNTABiLITY! Well if you get pregnant and want an abortion or want to have the baby “GET A JOB – UPS IS HIRING!” Just because we are the riches country doesn’t mean we spend money to bail everyone out.

    TAKE SOME INITIATIVE GET SOME ACCOUNTABILITY AND BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF AND THOSE AROUND YOU

  19. Anonymous May 18, 2009 at 12:32 pm #

    Get educated before you write. Here are the sites:http://www.lugaluda.com/2009/01/29/obamas-pro-abortion-executive-order/

    Here is a partial excerpt…..On the third day of his presidency, Obama signed the executive order reversing the Mexico City policy,making federal money available to promote abortion internationally

    http://washingtonindependent.com/27141/obama-repeals-gag-rule-on-family-planning-funds

    And let’s not leave out the religious right

    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=14884

    Go Obama

  20. Anonymous May 18, 2009 at 6:24 am #

    This sounds like it comes from an anti-Obama reader. I’m fairly sure we’re being duped on the facts.

  21. Anonymous May 18, 2009 at 6:19 am #

    to all of my black sisters and poor sisters…abortions are now FREE…to everyone in the entire world…paid by Americans…GO OBAMA…

    Obama signed the executive order one day after the 36th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion worldwide…American tax payer money will now pay for all (worldwide abortions)

    Americans have a responsibility being the richest country in the world to help these
    poor people. Go OBAMA….

    Let’s work now for FREE eduation thru Colllege and FREE health care for everyone.

  22. Anonymous May 12, 2009 at 11:09 pm #

    black girl ARE more likely to carry through with pregnancys while whites have money for abortions

  23. Anonymous February 21, 2009 at 4:19 pm #

    where i come from like 90% of the girls who hav babies reali young are white i mean im 17 and im quater cast .. thats closer to white and i have 2 kids to a black guy an i had my first kid when i waz 15 … now thats young and i dnt see wher u get this info from . where ever all these ” black girls” are having babies from id like to know … and us black girls do go on the internet aswell … im glad that your takin an intrest but i kno 12 year olds and KIDS that are having babies as young as 9 and none of that i know are black .. im popular ok i live in the ghetto and my babies dad is lyk the top of da chain yeah … so i know every 1 nealy … and the majority of the people who have babies younger than 16 are asin or white not black ! open your eyes man coz where i come from its a big city and basically the city of ghetto … and there are basically no white girls so come where i live an reconsider ur thoughts !

  24. Anonymous February 2, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

    How can you say this article is racist, have you looked at our society today? There are Black only schools…. isnt that Racist? if it isnt then somthing seriously must be wrong. Maybe this study was conducted in a certain area where the majority was Aferican Americans or maybe the purpose of this article was to give insight of the area to where these teens live and why it is a problem. Just because it was focused on Aferican American does not make this a racist article. Look at all the other articles that focus on Race and gender even though it could includ all of world.

  25. Anonymous March 25, 2009 at 11:52 am #

    I would like to talk about boy and girl to but you to be for the

  26. Anonymous September 9, 2009 at 7:34 am #

    And, in case you guys didn’t know, the area where this study took place, in Birmingham Alabama, has a high population of blacks. Thus, it makes sense why the study would focus more on black teens versus other races.

  27. Anonymous September 9, 2009 at 7:32 am #

    nowhere in this article does it say black girls are the only ones pregnant. Nowhere in this article does it say that no other ethnicity experiences teen pregnancy. It is simply concentrating on a specific niche of teen pregnancy. There are many studies focused on just one race when it comes to social problems, because – surprisingly enough- race does play an important role in certain issues. You people spouting all this crap about this article being “racist” are fucking retards. There are many things in this world that are focused on african americans that you idiots wouldn’t even think to call ‘racist’, but should be considered thus by the standards that you’re using for this article. What about magazines such as ‘Ebony’? I don’t consider this magazine racist because it only talks about african americans, and not other races.

  28. Anonymous January 27, 2009 at 11:11 am #

    Someone mentioned that not very many articles are geared towards African-Americans, and they are happy that someone took interest in African-Americans. Well, the Klu Klux Klan and skinheads also show special attention to African-Americans. Should they be flattered by that?
    Also, usually, when reports are geared towards Caucasians, it is to compare them to other races, and Caucasians are portrayed more favorably even when other reports contradict the “facts” presented. That should not be overlooked.
    I don’t personally believe the author of this article intended to offend African-Americans, but whether consciously or not, the whole basis for the report, I believe, is very biased. Very rarely do reports centered on African-Americans ever focus on the positive traits and actions of its subjects. This also should not be ignored.
    Facts are facts, intentions are intentions, perceptions are perceptions, and opinions are opinions. What is right and true for me may not be right and true for you. Some things we have to agree to disagree on. While I may not respect everyone’s opnion, or where they’re coming from; I do respect the fact that everyone has an opnion (an presented it) whether I agree or not.
    Lanikai
    (“Heavenly” in English)

  29. Anonymous January 27, 2009 at 10:32 am #

    That can be looked at in more than one way, Eric. While in college, I chose sociology and statistics my freshman year. In these courses, I learned the equations and practices used to formulate the numbers being reported, and the importance of not being too quick to draw conclusions about the statistics reported, which of course may or may not be true depending on how it is perceived (not to mention data that often contradicts such reports). For instance, in a study focusing on the arrests and conviction rates of African-American and Caucasian American males ages 18-25 in major cities along the east coast demongraphics. In this study, it was shown that more African-American males are convicted of violent crimes. However, the same studies showed that more Caucasian males were arrested for the same crimes, however thier cases were pardoned or dismissed, leading to less conviction rates. While some people would take this information and disguise their prejudice beliefs that African-Americans are more violent with the guise of simply “reporting facts”; others with a more well rounded view might consider the fact that there is a huge problem of injustice and racism within the judicial system. That injustice could largely be linked to the fact that so many more Caucasian males are not being punished for the same crimes. I think some people are simply observing similar biased truths that may have had an impact on this article as well.
    Denise

  30. Anonymous November 11, 2008 at 1:01 pm #

    If you can read the following passage….

    “important aspects to consider when designing programs to reduce the risk of pregnancy among African-American adolescent females,” say Susan L. Davies, Ph.D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and colleagues.

    …and not see how this study has identified a problem (regardless of how it fits into a wider picture) and that the resulting data will help to create better programs for African American women, then you are guilty of opression and ignorance.

    Let’s stop playing the “racist” card already!

  31. Anonymous October 6, 2008 at 1:23 pm #

    Wow.

  32. Anonymous March 29, 2008 at 2:24 pm #

    YOU SEE WHITE GIRL WITH BABIES AS MUCH AS YOU SEE BLACK GIRLS!!!!!!!!! TEENS WILL BE TEENS NO MATTER IF THEY ARE BLACK OR WHITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Anonymous February 2, 2008 at 6:31 am #

    This is a ridiculous article, where do they get that crap ? how many people did they interview, who was actually honest, and from where ?. I’ve never hear of such bollocks, I come from a town full of white baby mammas!!

  34. ErictheEric January 13, 2008 at 8:20 pm #

    Researchers conducted a study across races.
    Researchers noticed trends.
    Researchers reported trends in article.

    If you noticed, from the result of some statistical sampling, that Toyota cars had less on-road incidents than others cars and reported on that – how could you be called biased? Would you be a “Detroit hating” person then? Would someone also also think you only favored Japanese car makers – VS German or domestic?

    Eric

  35. iknow January 12, 2008 at 8:23 am #

    this article is not racist. I am happy that someone is taking an interest in blacks. black people are not usually the subject of research, and this hurts us.

  36. Anonymous December 13, 2007 at 5:30 pm #

    The article should probably discuss this issue on a broader scale including white teens. At the same time, if the issue that they’re focusing on is the influence black teenage girls’ boyfriends have over them, then that is NOT racist. If it’s true, even if it’s not what we want to hear, then it’s true.

  37. ra December 8, 2007 at 11:32 am #

    It was recently reported that the teen birth rate is up for the 1st time in 14 years in the US and that is across all teen groups.

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_58503.html

    http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/2007/r071205.htm

    Rather than resorting to petty discussions about whose boyfriend is responsible for it we should all focus on what it is we are doing or not doing to our daughters that they have nothing better to do with their young lives than have babies that they are not for the most part ready to support emotionally, financially or socially.

  38. Anonymous December 7, 2007 at 12:50 pm #

    i don’t think none of you can tell someone to change their article maybe that was their focus and that is what they wanted to talk about…racist? because they are writing about black people and their influences shouldn’t be called such that!!!

  39. Anonymous October 21, 2007 at 8:08 am #

    i think this is racest. u shouldnt only be referring to african americans. u should also talk about other races.

  40. Anonymous September 22, 2007 at 10:33 pm #

    THIS ARTICLE SHOULD NOT BE JUST ABOUT BLACK TEENS YOU SHOULD TALK ABOUT ALL RACES. NOT JUST BLACK TEENS. REWRITE YOUR ARTICLE BECAUSE, I THINK THIS IS VERY DISRESPECTFUL.

  41. Maleka June 7, 2007 at 12:41 pm #

    BB BLACK TEEN GIRLS ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES BEING PRESSURED BY THEIR BOYFRIENDS. I BELIEVE THAT ARTICLE SHOULD BE REWRITTEN AND SHOULD DISCUSS ALL RACES NOT ONLY THE BLACK TEENS.

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  50. Anonymous November 23, 2009 at 10:31 am #

    HI I AMM FRUM DHA TOWN OF CONWAY S.C. .. I PERSONALLY DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS ARTICLE AND I THINK THAT IT IS HOWEVER STUPID AS HECK TO SIT HERE AND SAY DHAT BLACKS ARE THE ONLY ONES TO GO ON WITH THEIR PREGNANCY!! WHERE IM FRUM THERE IS A VARIETY OF BLACK WHITE HISPANIC OR HOWEVER YA SPELL IT HAVE BABYS…NO MATTER WHAT SITUATTION YOU ARE IN YOU SHOULD CARRY IT OUT BECAUSE ONE ITS A SIN AND TWO IF YA GROWN ENOUGH TO LAY THERE AND MAKE HIM/HER THEN YA NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THAT DANG BABY!!! SO WATT IF YA GOT MONEY YOUR WASTEING IT ON KILLIN SOMETHING SPECIAL.GROW UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Anonymous November 14, 2009 at 7:53 am #

    What’s good im an african american from chi- town southside. Black, hispanic, asian, white all teens get pregant. Blacks isn’t the only one popping out with babes at a young age it all race. I live on the southside and imma keep it real and reall ic more black and hispanic teens pregant but thats really all ic everyday here, im up here in chicago, so what im trying to say is that im in one place im not all over the world so its really not just black out here ic alot of people of different race that are teens thats have babes cause I had a hispanic friend and she was pregant so it all race really. I sometimes think about having a baby but at the same time I think about I future my life and how it would be if I had a baby. I don’t think it would be good so that’s all I have to say about that lol.
    BLACK / WHITE / HISPANIC / AND OTHERS HAVE BABES WHEN THEY ARE TEENS IIGHT JUST GET THAT THROUGH YOUR DAMN HEAD.

  52. Anonymous October 19, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    if any body can give me more proof on this …email me at arthur_celestine@yahoo.com…i need this for my paper im writing …..thanks

  53. Anonymous September 4, 2009 at 5:37 pm #

    Ok, I know plenty of AFRICAN AMERICAN girls and none of them have kids. I know a lot of white girls who DO have kids! Why must you only say “blacks” have more kids?!?!?! There are just as many white teen girls having kids as black teen girls!

  54. Anonymous August 28, 2009 at 6:16 am #

    just because blacks go through with their pregnancies doesn’t mean nothing. White kids get abortions because their afraid their parents would be disappointed in them. And because white people parents think their children are just angels.

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