Further evidence comes from a recent study that found that among mothers of infants, the premarital mothers were more likely to use contraceptives at first intercourse, to use condoms in later intercourse, and to have been more frequent users of contraceptives. Among adolescent mothers, the mothers were more likely to start using contraceptives late due to the lesser ability to communicate. However, of those who do not use contraceptives, the mothers were less likely to have had it explained to them or to be kept informed.
Heisey (1984) has found that of the 6 percent of white adolescent girls who have a pregnancy prior to age 19, almost 10 percent of them have abortions. Another study found that 18 to 19 year old teenagers are more likely to have become pregnant before they were 20 than those who were carrying a pregnancy to term
Impact of the federal teen parenthood program has been assessed by: F. W. Oremland (1984) who concludes that the program's impact on pregnancy is not statistically significant; F. W. Oremland (1976) who finds a limited impact; R. Summer (1975) who finds no significant impact; D. A. Chase (1983) who finds a statistically significant increase; H. F. Swisher (1981) who, however, finds that among 18 to 19 year olds only 16 percent of those who are sexually active have ever had a premarital pregnancy.
I then turned to my dissertation topic, which was to study the factors that influence the age at first intercourse, the relationship between first intercourse and fathering a child, the relationship between having a child out of wedlock, and abortion.
Knowing how many, and how old, teen mothers were at the time of their first birth is essential information in understanding the social aspects of having a first baby. Thus, one of the projects that I carried out over the years was a project of collecting data on the age at first intercourse of teenage mothers. I found a considerable variation according to mother's race, mother's age, and socio-economic status. d2c66b5586