A new study suggests states deemed highly religious have a higher incidence of teen births.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – A new study proposes that states within the U.S. that are considered highly religious have a higher incidence of teen birth rates than others. As reported by LiveScience.com, the study has shown that Mississippi, the state listed as number one for conservative religious beliefs also has the highest rate of teen births.
Although the study does not provide a cause for the differences, study researcher Joseph Strayhorn of Drexel University College of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh is quoted in the report as speculating, “We conjecture that religious communities in the U.S. are more successful in discouraging the use of contraception among their teenagers than they are in discouraging sexual intercourse itself.”
More information about the study will be detailed in an upcoming issue of the Reproductive Health journal.
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