Social Panorama of Latin America 2004

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The 2004 edition of the Social Panorama of Latin America analyses the major demographic changes that have occurred in the region over the past few decades, examines the socioeconomic status of Latin American youth, looks at institutional and programmatic guidelines for youth policies and describes how household structures and family roles have changed. As in past years, recent trends in poverty and income distribution in the Latin American countries are also reviewed.



Despite a sharp decline in fertility rates among young women, early motherhood remains common

The considerable fall in youth fertility is part of a continued decrease in reproductive indices in the region. Current population projections and estimates for Latin America and the Caribbean suggest that, over the last 15 years, total and youth fertility have continued to drop, with the sole exception of teenage fertility, which has increased.


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