Over 14 million adolescents in the world annually give birth and nearly 800.000 adolescents in the United States become pregnant each year. This paper considers concepts of teen pregnancy including risks to the mother as well as offspring, the adolescent father, issues related to abortion, and concepts of prevention of unwanted pregnancy in youth. Adolescent pregnancy is a global phenomenon affecting all societies and cultures.

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Published in International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, v. 5, no. 4, p. 421-429.

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Reprinted as a book chapter in Child and Adolescent Health Yearbook 2012. Joav Merrick, (Ed.). p. 495-508.

Reprinted as a book chapter in Adolescent Medicine: Pharmacotherapeutics in General, Mental and Sexual Health. Donald E. Greydanus, Dilip R. Patel, Hatim A. Omar, Cynthia Feucht, & Joav Merrick, (Eds.). p. 387-397.