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Activity Number: 375
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics in Epidemiology
Abstract #319052
Title: Teen Birth Rates in the U.S., 2007--2012
Author(s): Diba Khan* and Lauren Rossen and Brady Hamilton and Yulei He and Rong Wei
Companies: CDC/NCHS and CDC/NCHS and CDC/NCHS and CDC and CDC/NCHS
Keywords: Bayesian ; Hierarchichal

Over the past several years, the birth rate amongst teenagers has declined in the U.S. Geographic variation in birth rates for teens at the state level has largely been explored but the county level variation still needs to be investigated for majority of the states. We used teenage birth data from 2007-2012 to explore temporal and spatial variation in teenage birth rates at the county level. Small area estimation methods are used to predict teen birth rates for the age groups 15-17 and 18-19 at the county level. Results may help highlight U.S. counties where teen birth rates are significantly high or low and inform policies and programs focusing on prevention of teen pregnancies.

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