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Division of Minority Health and Disparity Elimination

Racial and Ethnic Minority Tennesseans and Adolescent Pregnancy

Adolescent pregnancy, or teen pregnancy, is an important concern in racial and ethnic minority communities because early childbearing may limit the education and employment opportunities of young mothers. Teen mothers are also more likely to live in poverty. Although adolescent pregnancy rates have declined in recent years, the rate of pregnancy among African-American teens is twice the rate of white teens.