Research: Does Sexual Orientation Affect Teen Pregnancy Risk?

Agencies & Departments : 
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family & Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

This article describes a study that used data from the 2005, 2007, and 2009 New York City Youth Risk Behavior Surveys to understand how sexual orientation affects high-school students' risk of getting pregnant or getting someone pregnant. Results show that a young person’s sexual orientation and the gender of their sexual partners was strongly linked with risk of getting pregnant or getting someone pregnant, suggesting that adolescent pregnancy prevention efforts focused exclusively on heterosexual young people may be too narrow. Learn more.