New Polling in Atlanta Shows Young Women Seek Relationship Advice From Their Fathers

Contrary to a Father’s Perception, Your Daughters Do Want to Hear From You
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Bill Albert, Chief Program Officer, The National Campaign

(Washington D.C., Monday, October 23, 2017) - According to new polling conducted by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy,  young women seek the advice of their fathers about romantic relationships, over their mothers.

However, in a local poll, more than half of fathers in ATLANTA questioned their influence on their daughters’ views about relationships

Most dads surveyed - - said they weren’t comfortable or prepared to give their daughters advice or information about pregnancy, birth control, or romantic relationships.

The teen pregnancy rate among teens has decreased over the past 20 years, however, disparities remain among all racial/ethnic groups. Although unplanned pregnancies among black women have declined 15%, still 64% of pregnancies among black women are unplanned.

These data show how imperative it is that fathers be open to, and prepared for, questions from both their sons and daughters.

Latina teen pregnancy and birth rates are more than 1 ½ times higher than the national average. The National Campaign estimates that roughly one in three Latinas will become pregnant by age 20 compared to roughly one in four teen girls overall. Black teen girls are more than 2 ½ times more likely than white teens to become pregnant. In addition, as of 2016, the teen birth rate was 20.3 births per 1,000 teen girls, the nationwide teen birth rate is 22.3, but the rate for rural populations is much higher -- 30.9.

The National Campaign conducted this research in conjunction with recent changes and enhancements it made to its Bedsider.org property. Bedsider is the largest birth control support network in the country and provides accurate and unbiased information on birth control and health. The National Campaign is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families by preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy.  

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