Sisters of young moms are twice as likely to have kids as teens, according to new research.
The phenomenon is called the ‘peer effect’ and is most powerful when sisters are close in age, researchers have found. Do you agree?
The study was carried out at Bristol University in the UK, which has the highest teen pregnancy rate in Europe. Researchers found that if a girl became a teen mom, the chances of her younger sister following in her footsteps rose from one-in-five to two-in-five.
The ‘peer effect’ is so strong, it even affects teens from more affluent backgrounds and with better education — those traditionally less likely to become teen moms.
Study leader Professor Carol Propper explains, “These findings provide strong evidence that the contagious effect of teen motherhood in siblings is larger than the general effect of being better educated.”
The findings suggest that it’s the job of the PARENTS to educate their kids about contraception and family planning — not schools.
Do you agree, HollyMoms?
– Ian Garland
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