23 Nov '12, 1am

Bring Up Reading Rates to Bring Down Teen Pregnancy

Bring Up Reading Rates to Bring Down Teen Pregnancy

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania released a new study that suggests if we want to lower teen pregnancy rates in the United States, we need to raise reading levels of young girls. According to reports, researchers looked at reading scores of more than 12,000 girls enrolled in Philadelphia public schools and compared those scores to any pregnancies and subsequent births from the cohort. They found that girls with lower reading skills were 2.5 times more likely to give birth as a teen than those girls with average reading skills. Within the cohort, African-American girls and Latinas were more likely to have below average reading skills than their white counterparts and were also more likely to have given birth. The study doesn’t conclude that low literacy rates are the main predictor of teen pregnancy, but they do help flush out some of the other predictors suc...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/bring-up-reading-rates-to-bri...

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