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Primary Advisor

David Dillman

Secondary Advisor

Monty Lynn

Committee Reader

Ronald Morgan


Adolescent pregnancy is a worldwide issue. The subject is receiving attention even in developed, wealthy countries like the United States of America. However, while the United States has the fairly high rates of literacy and formal education, and societal structures to combat the problem, developing countries do not. Adolescent pregnancy is particularly damaging to girls, women, and families in developing nations. Changes in public policy, particularly in developing countries, in such a way as to increase education, access to healthcare, and combat cultural stigmas could provide some much needed respite from the consequences of adolescent pregnancy. This paper analyzes social science research, public policy, and demographic statistics to find causes for the increase and decrease in youth pregnancy rates. This research could be useful as developing countries and non-profit organizations seek to eliminate adolescent pregnancy.

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