She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simmons College. And if statistical studies do not control for these selection effects, then they come to misleading conclusions about cause and effect. Similarly, having a teenage mother did not in itself significantly affect the chances of a preschool child experiencing poor health or doing poorly on cognitive tests.
Her work has appeared in daily newspapers and national magazines, including "Wondertime," and on websites such as Kaboose. In the US, a number of pioneering statistical studies attempted to control such selection effects.
She was recently named one of the top writers in Pennsylvania. Perhaps there can never be a completely accurate measurement of the effect of teenage motherhood.
Reasons for dropping out of high school include physical problems, such as morning sickness, and emotional problems, such as body image embarrassment, a fear of bullying or sexual harassment. They may also not have access to or know about healthy foods and eating.
Lower Income Teen moms have a greater likelihood of ending up on welfare, according to VAhealth.
They are also more likely to be obese. This is probably why the continuing decline in teenage births in Britain — which is now at the lowest level since records began — is presented as a policy triumph.