The Effects of Teenage Childbearing on the Short and Long Term Health Behaviors of Mothers

26 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2011

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Jason M. Fletcher

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs; Yale University - School of Public Health

Date Written: March 15, 2011

Abstract

A national sample of US teenagers combined with a complementary sample of US adults are used to examine the effects of teenage childbearing on health behaviors by comparing female siblings in both the teenage sample and a sample of adults. Additionally, miscarriage information available in the teenage sample is used to form comparison groups. Unlike previous estimates of the effects of teenage childbearing on health behaviors, the results using these US samples and research designs suggest that teenage childbearing has negligible effects on several measures of unhealthy behaviors for mothers and may be protective for drug use and binge drinking.

Keywords: Teenage Childbearing, Health Behaviors, Substance Use

JEL Classification: I12, J13

Suggested Citation

Fletcher, Jason M., The Effects of Teenage Childbearing on the Short and Long Term Health Behaviors of Mothers (March 15, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1886744 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1886744

Jason M. Fletcher (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs ( email )

1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1393
United States

Yale University - School of Public Health ( email )

PO Box 208034
60 College Street
New Haven, CT 06520-8034
United States

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