The Effects of Teenage Childbearing on the Short and Long Term Health Behaviors of Mothers
26 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2011
Date Written: March 15, 2011
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
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