CitationEverett, Bethany G.; Myers, Kyl; Sanders, Jessica N.; & Turok, David K. (2019). Male abortion beneficiaries: Exploring the long-term educational and economic associations of abortion among men who report teen pregnancy. Journal of Adolescent Health.
AbstractPurpose: The aim of the study was to determine if men who report avoiding adolescent fatherhood through a partner's use of abortion have different socioeconomic outcomes than men who report a live birth during adolescence. Methods: We analyzed a subsample of men who reported a pregnancy before the age of 20 years that ended in either a live birth (n = 460) or abortion (n = 137) in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. We used propensity score and exact matching of baseline characteristics from Wave I of the study completed in 1994 to compare college completion and income reported in Wave IV of the study completed between 2007 and 2008. Results: Among men who reported a live birth, 5.8% reported graduating from college, and 32.4% had any post–high school education compared with 22.1%, and 58.5% of men who reported a pregnancy ended in abortion. In the multivariable matching analysis, men whose adolescent pregnancies ended in abortion had an increased probability of graduating from college (average treatment effect = 8.6; p < .01) and completing any post–high school education in the treatment group (average treatment effect of the treated = 16.5; p < .001) than men whose adolescent pregnancies ended in live birth. We found a positive association between abortion and personal income only compared to men who did not reside with their child born during adolescence. Conclusion: Women's use of abortion services were associated with educational benefits for men who report teen pregnancies.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleJournal of Adolescent Health
Author(s)Everett, Bethany G.
Sanders, Jessica N.
Turok, David K.