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									         CRISTINA PARODI
         Parent/Family Liaison
  San Diego County Office of Education
              (858) 569-5410
            cparodi@sdcoe.net
        www.sdcoe.net/lret2/family


“Early Pregnancy in Teenage Latinas
  and its academic consequences”

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Why do teenage Latinas

want to get pregnant?


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• Lack of sexual education

• Lack of communication with parents at
  home

• “Family” tradition

• Lack of academic support

• Low self-esteem                     3
• Lack of harmony at home

• History of domestic violence

• Socio-Economic level

• Legal status

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      Consequences of teenage
            pregnancy :
1.   Statistics: 70% - 17 years
2.   Relations…..
3.   Gang involvement…..
4.   ……………………………..
5.   ……………………………..
6.   ……………………………..
7.   ……………………………..
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Pregnant Teens ages 15-17 in San Diego
           County (2000-2002)
             2%
        0%
       4%         12%

                        6%
                             White
                             Afr.-Am erican
                             Hispanic
                             Asian
                             Other
                             Mixed Race

      76%
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     Birth Rate per 1,000 girls aged 15-17 in San
                 Diego County, 2002

45
           42.4
40
35
30
25        Afr.-American
                          19
20                             Pacific Islander
15
                                              8.5   Asian
10                                                          5.1
 5
 0
     Hispanic         Native                Mixed           White
                     American               Race                    7
              Birth Rates of Latina Teens by
                Country of Descent (2002)
                                  95
                         100
Births per 1,000 girls




                          75                  61            63
     ages 15-19




                          50


                          25


                           0
                               Mexican   Puerto Rican    Other
                                                        Hispanic
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“How many more Latinas
  will become teenage
moms, before we recognize
  there is a problem?”


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Exercise: In groups compare and contrast your
adolescence experience to today’s teenagers’
experiences
        Then:                  Now:




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Group exercise: create a list of suggestions and
commitments, we can do as parents, to avoid
early pregnancy in our young Latinas.




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          Action Plan:

• Teach

• Promote

• Inspire and Motivate

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 “Together we can help our young Latinas
  achieve academic success by fostering
appreciation, confidence and self esteem.”



Let’s join our efforts to decrease the number of
  pregnancies in our beautiful teenagers.


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      We can do it by

     Working together:

Home, School and Community,


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               Bibliography
• The National Latino Research Center (2002)
www.csusm.edu/nlrc


• Public Policy Institute of California (November 2007)
www.ppic.org

• Latina Lista (December 2007)
www.latinalista.net

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