Student Research Projects

The Effects of Teen Pregnancy on Adolescent Mothers’ Education

Student Adrienne Skinner
Faculty Mentor(s)
Department Education
Course INST 482: Issues in Education


Teen pregnancy has a negative effect on teen mothers because while pregnant, they are often unable to finish high school. Adolescent mothers are less likely to complete their education and are more likely to face limited career and economic opportunities compared to women whose first children are born after age twenty. As the teen pregnancy rate climbs, the number of adolescent mothers is substantially higher in the United States than in other countries, and increasing numbers of children and mothers live in poverty and lack adequate health care. Results from surveys and interviews with area educators and adolescent mothers show that teen pregnancy has a substantial effect on the educational life of adolescent mothers, and fewer resources are available to them.