Fewer teenage pregnancies - survey

2011-02-01 13:14

Johannesburg - Far fewer teenagers are giving birth at present than two decades ago, the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said on Tuesday.

Between 1987 and 1989 there were 124 births per 1 000 teenagers, but only 58 in 2008, the SAIRR said in a statement following the release of its latest South Africa Survey.

The research also found no link between teenage pregnancies and child-support grants.

In 1998 there were 81 births per 1 000 teenagers, between the ages of 15 and 19.

In 2008 there were 58. Between 1998 and 2008, births per 1 000 decreased by 28%.

"This can be attributed to increased access to contraceptives," said institute researcher Nachi Majoe.

According to the survey, in 2003 there were nearly 20 000 pupils who fell pregnant. Over the following two years, this figure decreased by 25%.

The decrease in pregnancy was similar to the trend in births and could also be attributed to access to contraceptives and changes in sexual behaviour.

"The number of child-support grant beneficiaries increased substantially over the years. However, the overall decrease in births per 1 000 teenagers and pupils who fell pregnant shows that there is no direct correlation between the number of teenagers who fell pregnant and the number of grant beneficiaries.

"This data contradicts the view that the child-support grant is an incentive for teenage pregnancy," Majoe said.

  • Al-Jackal - 2011-02-01 13:28

    Wonder if they compared these stats with some abortions stats as well, should be interesting reading.

      Emsmum - 2011-02-01 14:02

      or if they compared them to the rise in abandonment of babies???

      DeonL - 2011-02-01 14:10

      Yes, 20 years ago abortions were not legal. Teenage pregnancies in the Western Cape and especially on the Cape Flats is still a big problem.

      Wernerkwane - 2011-02-01 16:43

      Interesting, I live in Polokwane and the headline news today in the local paper is a "Dumpster full of foetesus"

  • semaj - 2011-02-01 13:33

    Please note, those are statistics, we hear all too often of newlyborn babies thrown down longdrops or into drains. Below the tip of the iceberg there is a huge submerged mass, nobody can see it. I think the same applies in this respect.

      spiceinc - 2011-02-01 14:26

      Unless you can prove otherwise I always find it short sighted to question the validity of a study that has been based on recognised methodologies. Rather than imply the negative be grateful once again to our free media that ensures issues are brought to the foe rather than swept under the carpet. The reason its easy to percieve a higher figure is because 1 tenage pregnancy is enough to hold the front page on a newspare.

      Pod - 2011-02-01 18:27

      @ spiceinc First year student? You have learnt some new words, pity about your spelling.

      grant9 - 2011-03-11 04:35

      @ spiceinc, I'm always wary of statistics. If of interest I ask myself who issed them i.e do they have an agenda? I then dig deeper : in this case are there fewer pregnancies or just fewr recorded births? Now take the official inflation rate of 4% odd. This excludes food (amongst other things) In my opinion this makes nonsence of the stats.

  • Tazzy - 2011-02-01 13:50

    i wonder who got paid how much to figure this out! Yet they dont mention abortion stats! Pull the wool over the eyes chaps, you only blinding yourselves!

  • Kevin King - 2011-02-01 13:54

    Ironically, next to me right now is last weeks Star newspaper with the headline "Shock: 57 pupils pregnant". Mavalani High in Limpopo has 57 pregnant girls and last year 10 of the 146 matrics were pregnant.

      Soothsayer - 2011-02-01 14:12

      My point exactly

  • kingswing69 - 2011-02-01 13:56

    so ... what are the stats on drinking and drugs

  • ekke - 2011-02-01 13:57

    I don't trust anything these people release anymore. All I have to do to see that what they are trying to feed us, is look at all the teenagers being pregnant around us, to know that it is hogwash! They cooked these figures just like they cook the matric pass results.

  • Ockert - 2011-02-01 14:01

    These Stats are just as believable as the inflation stats, the guys doing this job are obviously in the government pocket --- Dept. of Mis-information.

  • spiceinc - 2011-02-01 14:20

    This is definitely progress and I have to say kudos to the government. I wonder if the decline is because of the education and training campaigns or prophylactics/ abortions. But quite frankly much as I would prefer it to be the former I don’t care if it is the latter because as long as the kids don’t bear other kids problems are solved, I’m already overtaxed to feed additional brats through the grant!

      lotus.lindi - 2011-02-23 15:03

      Your taxes also pay for abortions for teenagers.These are not cheap. Abortions are regarded as contraceptives in some teenaged circles. They don't get honest counsel, don't fully understand what they are doing, and come back for further abortions later: no behaviour changes at all. I wouldn't call the cold blooded murder of the unborn people of our country a "problem solved" either.A country's civilization can be judged on how it treats its very young and its very old. We are NOT doing well.

  • GROWN UP - 2011-02-01 14:47

    I don't believe this survey.We don't know where that stat comes from. Its has gone bad a schools,colleges and institutions of learning. The increase is the child support grant to 9 million and expected to grow next few years.

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