Teens Whose Parents Are Divorced Have a Greater Chance of
Experiencing a Premarital Pregnancy Than Teens With Married Parents.
Teens whose parents stay together are only half as likely to
experience a premarital pregnancy as teens from divorced families.
A recent study in the Journal of the Institute
for Youth Development found that teens from divorced
families are more likely to experience a premarital pregnancy
than teens whose parents stay together. The study observed 93
premarital pregnancies among more than 1,200 Boston-area
highschoolers. Of these, 57% were terminated, 25% resulted in
live births, and 18% were miscarriages. The average age that the
premarital pregnancy occurred was 18.5 years. The study found
that teens who are under the age of 16 when their parents
divorce are nearly twice as likely to experience a premarital
pregnancy than teens whose parents remain married. Researchers
found that youth from divorced families are at a greater risk
for premarital pregnancy because of their involvement in sexual
relationships at a young age. These teens are also susceptible
to premarital pregnancy due to lower levels of attachment to
Impact of Parental Divorce on Premarital Pregnancy,
Journal of the Institute for Youth Development, 2007, pp. 1-10.