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The Effect of the Religious Environment on Teenage Birth Rates in the United States

Kappe, R; (2016) The Effect of the Religious Environment on Teenage Birth Rates in the United States. Sexuality Research and Social Policy , 13 (3) pp. 241-251. 10.1007/s13178-015-0206-9. Green open access

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Abstract

This article tests whether there exists a relationship between the religious environment and teenage birth rates. Specifically, it is hypothesized that in the USA, the presence of a greater number of religious congregations and a greater number of religious adherents in a county are associated with higher teenage birth rates in this county. The data analysis is based on public health records from the CDC, and county religiosity data from the “Religious Congregations and Membership Survey” by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). The data analysis broadly supports the hypothesis.

Type: Article
Title: The Effect of the Religious Environment on Teenage Birth Rates in the United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s13178-015-0206-9
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13178-015-0206-9
Language: English
Additional information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13178-015-0206-9.
Keywords: Religion, Teenage birth rates, Fertility, Adolescence, US county-level analysis
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1482144
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