In Brief: Dec. 10, 2001

TEEN PARENTS While U.S. teens are no more likely to be sexually active than their European or Canadian counterparts, they are much more likely to become parents. The birth rate for American teens last year was 48.7 births for every 1,000 females between the ages of 15 and 19. By contrast the birth rates in France and Sweden were 10 births per 1,000. A new study from the Alan Guttmacher Institute finds that sexually active American teens are far less likely to use birth control than their foreign peers and less likely to have an abortion.

MARITAL INFLUENCE The behavior of...

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