A new study by US researchers has revealed that teenage
fatherhood is likely to lower the chances a young man will graduate from high
school but at the same time it also increases his odds of employment or joining
To study the negative educational and economic outcomes of
teenage fatherhood scientists studied about 362 men below 18 years and 9 months
of age whose partners experienced pregnancy but underwent a miscarriage, with
those who gave birth. 64% percent received a high school diploma and 16%
received a General Educational Development (GED). Those who became fathers were
15% less likely to graduate but increased their chances of receiving a GED by
11%. Those who became fathers increased their chance of full-time employment by
6% and military employment by 2%.
The study suggests that educational intervention is required
to target teenage fathers so that they complete high school diploma. The study has
been published online in the journal Economic Inquiry.