Teenage pregnancy in developed countries is usually outside of marriage, and carries a social stigma in many communities and cultures.
The children of teen mothers are more likely to be born prematurely with a low birth weight, predisposing them to many other lifelong conditions.
One study suggested that adolescent mothers are less likely to stimulate their infant through affectionate behaviors such as touch, smiling, and verbal communication, or to be sensitive and accepting toward his or her needs.
However, in these societies, early pregnancy may combine with malnutrition and poor health care to cause medical problems.
When used in combination, educational interventions and promotion of birth control can reduce the risk of unintended teenage pregnancies.
Teenage pregnancy puts young women at risk for health issues, economic, social and financial issues.
However, recent studies have found that many of these mothers had already dropped out of school before becoming pregnant, but those in school at the time of their pregnancy were as likely to graduate as their peers.Several studies have examined the socioeconomic, medical, and psychological impact of pregnancy and parenthood in teens.Life outcomes for teenage mothers and their children vary; other factors, such as poverty or social support, may be more important than the age of the mother at the birth.One study in 2001 found that women who gave birth during their teens completed secondary-level schooling 10–12% as often and pursued post-secondary education 14–29% as often as women who waited until age 30.Young motherhood in an industrialized country can affect employment and social class.Many solutions to counteract the more negative findings have been proposed.