AC Homepage. Latinos are the fastest growing minority population in the U. It is estimated that This is part of the reason why Latina teen pregnancy is becoming such a pressing issue.
Trapped between worlds, some Latina teens consider suicide
Reproductive and Sexual Health
In seventh grade, she cut herself for the first time, finding her own blood frightening. She eventually tried to kill herself seven times before her 18th birthday. Martinez is part of a startling statistic: 1 out of every 10 Latinas has attempted suicide in the past year, 2 out of 10 have made a suicide plan and half of all Latina teens said they've felt hopeless, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to people ages 10 to One-third of Hispanics in the U. Census Bureau data. As the Hispanic population in this country has continued to grow, the rates of depression, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts among Latina teens have remained above those of Latino male youths, and white males and females. Within the larger Hispanic population, Latina teens and young adults in the U.
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Health expert Jane Delgado explains, along with teacher and former teen mother Christina Martinez. Michel Martin is away. There has been a lot of progress in reducing the number of teen pregnancies over the last few decades.