Trends in teenage childbearing and schooling outcomes for children born to teens in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Branson, Nicola
dc.contributor.author Ardington, Cally
dc.contributor.author Leibbrandt, Murray
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-22T13:12:34Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-22T13:12:34Z
dc.date.issued 2013-06
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-920517-39-7
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/614
dc.description.abstract Teenage childbearing is considered a social problem with costs to the teenage mother, her child and society at large. In South Africa, media attention suggests a contemporary crisis in teen childbearing; often linking this to a fear that the Child Support Grant incentivises motherhood among teens. Despite these assertions, there is little empirical research assessing the trends in teen childbearing over time in South Africa and the intergenerational consequences of teenage childbearing. This paper uses six nationally representative household surveys to show that, while teenage childbearing decreased between 1980 and 2008, it is not an uncommon event in South Africa. Around 25% of women gave birth before age 20 in 2008. Children born to teen mothers are found to have worse educational outcomes, with children of young teen mothers most at risk. Differences are found between population groups, with the association largest and increasing over time for coloureds and relatively small and stable for Africans. About half the association can be explained by relative levels of poverty and maternal education. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working Paper;98
dc.subject Teenage childbearing en_US
dc.subject National household survey data en_US
dc.subject Teenage childbearing
dc.subject Teen mothers
dc.title Trends in teenage childbearing and schooling outcomes for children born to teens in South Africa en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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