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banddryad
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I'm not talking about mammograms.

I haven't been on this board in a while, but it feels nice. I used to come to Scarleteen in the '03s, about a year before I got pregnant, and even though I begot a child I love how Scarleteen's been there for me (and given me info to be there for my friends).

Now, I'm here, because I need some help. I started a "group" on MySpace (yeah, you know what that is) in August of '04. Since then it has grown to over 5,000 members and is #4 (technically) in the Home & Family category.

I've loved keeping up with this group. I have gotten to use a lot of my Scarleteen-supplied knowledge to help open and inform minds on my forum.

What I need help with is: I know that a lot of people in this forum are up to date and knowledgable about statistics and our general society. I have Googled, searched relevant pages, and looked in the newpaper for stats and articles. Where can I find info about maternal age in our country. Or divorce rates, particularly in young couples.

I remember reading about how women are waiting till their late 30's to have kids, that's a growing trend. But I can't find a source. Or about how single parenthood is on the rise, by choice (and ability). I don't know where to find surveys taken to display rates of births to teen parents or what their chances of staying together are. If you understand what I'm searching for and can give me a hand I'd LOVE it.. Maybe I'm trying to hard, but I cannot find what I am looking for, even though I know it's out there.

(P.S. I don't know if I'm allowed to leave a link to the group. So I won't.)

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Heather
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Hey there, banddryad. [Smile] Good on you!

Per that information, it depends on how wide a net you're casting: are you just looking for the US?

If you are, then what you want per marriage, divorce and maternal age is US census information. If you flop "US census" marriage rates, age of first birth into google, that should land you what you need.

In terms of the issue of teen couples, that's going to be trickier, because if you don't have a marriage, then you don't generally have any information filed anywhere to acklowledge and date the relationship between teen parents. But, the Alan Guttmacher Institute often has good, solid stats on teen parenting all around, so that'd be a place to start. Here's one recent general study of theirs: http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2004/02/19/index.html

This organization as well has a lot of data linked: http://www.teenpregnancy.org/resources/data/national.asp

And http://scholar.google.com/ is also a good way to look for studies, period.

(And if you want to promote your site, of course you can. [Smile] )

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banddryad
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Thank you so much! That really helped me go in the right direction. www.teenpregnancy.org has a couple things that don't sit well with me (IMO), but at least it cites it's sources!

Thank you!!

(Oh! And it's at Young Parents)

[ 05-24-2006, 03:13 AM: Message edited by: banddryad ]

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Heather
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Well, I hear that. Campaigns specifically to prevent TEEN pregnancy, rather than plain old UNWANTED pregnancy tend to often, if not always, have some aspects of their agendas/goals that are a bit... eh, parental? Not so great sometimes about acknowledging the cultural issues that make teen pregnancy a big problem, rather than having it appear that even without those, or just in general, teen pregnancy must always be a problem.

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