SOURCE: Seventeen Magazine

January 08, 2008 09:00 ET

Groundbreaking Teen Pregnancy Survey Released by Seventeen Magazine and The Candie's Foundation: Why Teen Girls Get Pregnant and How to Stop It

Half of Teen Girls Surveyed Think It's Possible They'll Become Pregnant in the Next Five Years

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 8, 2008) - Nearly 750,000 teen girls get pregnant in the U.S. each year. To address this crisis, Seventeen magazine partnered with The Candie's Foundation, whose mission is to educate America's youth about the devastating consequences of teen pregnancy, to survey 500 girls ages 13-18 on why teen girls are getting pregnant and how to prevent it.

Some of the surprising results featured in the February 2008 issue (on newsstands January 8) include:

--  Nearly 50% of teen girls think it might be possible they'll become
    pregnant in the next 5 years.
--  70% of teen girls say if guys played more of a role in using birth
    control, it would help prevent unplanned pregnancy.
--  67% of teen girls have friends who are or became pregnant as
    teenagers.
--  2 out of 3 teen girls are more worried about STDs than an unplanned
    pregnancy.
    

"Sex and sexuality is confusing when you're a teen," says Seventeen Editor in Chief Ann Shoket. "It's our mission to give girls the information to make the smartest decisions so they can protect their bodies and their dreams for the future."

Neil Cole, Founder, The Candie's Foundation, stated, "It is unacceptable that approximately 750,000 teenagers will have babies this year in the U.S. Teens need to know and understand that pregnancy has incredibly devastating consequences. The Candie's Foundation, with the help of Seventeen Magazine, will inform America's youth about this epidemic."

The survey also revealed that 70 percent of teen girls say having a plan for the future would help prevent unplanned pregnancies. Seventeen and The Candie's Foundation listened and are providing teens with tools to help them formulate a "Plan A" -- a big plan for their future -- to help decrease the teen pregnancy numbers.

To drive this point home, Seventeen and The Candie's Foundation are offering readers a chance to enter the "What's Your Plan A?" contest, which invites teens to send in videos on what life dream is stopping them from getting pregnant. The winner will be awarded a trip to New York City, including airfare, hotel stay and an invitation to The Candie's Foundation Event to Prevent, an annual star-studded benefit to raise awareness about the consequences of teenage pregnancy -- plus $1,000 to get their dream off the ground (courtesy of The Candie's Foundation).

For more information on the "What's Your Plan A?" contest, visit seventeen.com/psa.

About Seventeen magazine:

Seventeen (www.seventeen.com) is the best-selling monthly teen magazine, reaching more than 13 million readers every month. In each issue, Seventeen reports on the latest in fashion, beauty, health and entertainment, as well as information and advice on the complex real-life issues that young women face every day. Readers can also interact with the brand on the digital front, with Seventeen mobile. In addition to its U.S. flagship, Seventeen publishes 15 editions around the world. Seventeen is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst Corporation (www.hearst.com) and one of the world's largest publishers of monthly magazines, with nearly 200 editions around the world, including 19 U.S. titles and 20 magazines in the United Kingdom, published through its wholly owned subsidiary, The National Magazine Company Limited. Hearst reaches more adults than any other publisher of monthly magazines (74.1 million total adults, according to MRI, spring 07).

About The Candie's Foundation:

The mission of The Candie's Foundation is to educate America's youth about the devastating consequences of teen pregnancy. Over the past six years, The Candie's Foundation has spoken to more than 200 million teens through its powerful public service awareness (PSA) campaign.

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