Impact of teenage pregnnancy on mothers

Current research indicates that adolescent mothers experience higher rates of depression during pregnancy and the postpartum period. As compared to older mothers and their non-pregnant peers, rates of depression are estimated to be between 16% and 44% in adolescent mothers. In addition to its other effects, teen parenting will likely hinder a child’s social and emotional well-being. When a baby is born to a teenage mother, he is likely to have more difficulty acquiring cognitive and language skills as well as social and emotional skills like self-control and self-confidence.

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