The teen birth rate has continued to decline after peaking in 1991. Yet some teens are still becoming fathers at a young age. Research indicates that this early fatherhood typically is unintended, regularly occurs outside of marriage, and has implications for teen fathers, their children, and their families. Some key demographic differences shape who becomes a teenage father, as well as the consequences of being a teen father. This fact sheet discusses the importance and implications of teen fatherhood
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