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Less than one third of teenage mothers receive any form of child support, vastly increasing the likelihood of turning to the government for assistance.
Professor John Ermisch at the institute of social and economic research at Essex University and Dr Roger Ingham, director of the centre of sexual health at Southampton University – found that comparing teenage mothers with other girls with similarly deprived social-economic profiles, bad school experiences and low educational aspirations, the difference in their respective life chances was negligible.
By contrast, teenage parents in developing countries are often married, and their pregnancies welcomed by family and society.
Teenage motherhood may actually make economic sense for young women with less money, some research suggests.
For instance, long-term studies by Duke University economist V.
It violates the rights of girls, with life-threatening consequences in terms of sexual and reproductive health, and poses high development costs for communities, particularly in perpetuating the cycle of poverty." Health consequences include not yet being physically ready for pregnancy and childbirth leading to complications and malnutrition as the majority of adolescents tend to come from lower-income households.
The risk of maternal death for girls under age 15 in low and middle income countries is higher than for women in their twenties.