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Relationship Education and Pregnancy Prevention: What's the Connection?

Strengthening families through teen pregnancy prevention and marriage and relationship education

Children who grow up in single-parent families are more likely to be poor, have trouble in school, and become teen parents themselves. Additionally, children who are born to a mother who is a teenager, who hasn’t finished high school, and who isn’t married are nine times more likely to be poor than a child whose mother is even a few years older, is married and has at least finished high school. Thus, strengthening families through both teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) and marriage and relationship education (MRE) programs is an effort to decrease out-of-wedlock childbearing and increase the percentage of children born to and raised by their married parents. This Tip Sheet highlights the connection between MRE and TPP programs and offers strategies for enhancing programs.