Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2014

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Elisabeth Root

Second Advisor

William Travis

Third Advisor

Stefanie Mollborn


Teen pregnancy has been studied by a multitude of fields, attempting to answer a complex social issue: What are the primary causes of teen pregnancy? This thesis will explore a more specific, geographic issue: What is causing a disparity in teen pregnancy rates between Douglas County and Pueblo County, Colorado? A case study approach was taken in this research, including data analysis and interviews from staff at schools within each county, as well as public health officials.