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A profile of teenage pregnancy in Spain
Date:5/25/2010

n distinct generations of mothers with respect to the birth of their second child. For instance, taking as an example the 1951-55 population, 83.9% of young mothers had had a second child by the age of 25 and the corresponding figure for the mothers who were categorized as non adolescent mothers from the same population barely exceeded 22%.

This data contrasts with the ideal number of children wanted by those women who were interviewed. By contrast, among non-adolescent mothers, these differences are minor.

The fragility of marriage

Another dimension to the study highlights the fragility of the marriages formed by teenage mothers. "The proportion of marriage breaks-ups is similar in several generations of women, even tripling for those married during 1965-1974. The average length of marriage for young mothers shows that, in most cases, the union ends earlier than the rest of the population," said Delgado.

The increased vulnerability of unions formed by adolescent mothers is due largely to their unplanned nature. Only once finding out they are pregnant does the relationship occur and this partnership becomes the coupling of two young lives. Consequently, a major factor influencing break-ups is the probable lack of emotional maturity.

According to the researcher these new statistics confirm one of her hypotheses: the consequences of teenage motherhood can be felt throughout the woman's life, which creates more problematic situations than those experienced by their counterparts who aren't teenage mothers.

In short, teenage mothers experience in a very short period of time eight or nine important events: the start of sexual activity, the initial use of contraception, school completion, first job, emancipation from the family home, first cohabitation, first marriage, first stable job (when they are able to obtain one) and first child. Specifically, aside from obtaining a stable job, teenage mothers belon
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