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February 10, 1999

Sexual Abuse and Adolescent Pregnancy

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(6):511-513. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-6-jac80022

To the Editor: Dr Elders and Ms Albert1 highlight the extreme societal neglect regarding adolescent pregnancy and sexual abuse.1 The terms adolescent pregnancy and teen pregnancy should be abandoned and replaced with juvenile pregnancy, childhood pregnancy, and statutory rape in all research and statistics. Grouping children with young adults merely obfuscates this problem.

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