Ratio between the male and female population aged 20 to 24 years who had their first child before 15, before 18 and before 20, and the male and female population aged 20 to 24 years (three ratios), multiplied by 100.
Historically available sources have focused on women. There are few examples of sources that have included men and, for that reason, the disaggregation is included in the indicator itself, since there are no technical impediments to including men. The focus is on adolescent —rather than youth— parenthood because it is a matter of concern in the region (and in the Montevideo Consensus). The particular age disaggregation included in this indicator is necessary because of the age-differentiated risk exposure of parenthood. The percentages are cumulative, in other words, the proportion of those with children at age 18 includes those who had children by age 15.