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What a difference a decade makes: Rethinking teenage pregnancy as a problem

Arai, Lisa (2009). What a difference a decade makes: Rethinking teenage pregnancy as a problem. Social Policy and Society, 8(2) pp. 171–183.

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The Teenage Pregnancy Strategy (TPS) has been implemented in England since 1999 and has two aims: to halve under 18s conceptions; and to reduce the risk of social exclusion among young mothers. The TPS portrays young motherhood as problematic, the cause of poor outcomes. Yet, the problematisation of teenage fertility has been contested, especially by qualitative researchers who have demonstrated that early motherhood can be experienced positively. This research is discussed here, as are findings from a small-scale study in three English locations, where teenage mothers reported good experiences of parenthood. The discrepancy between these accounts of motherhood and policy is considered.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1474-7464
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Item ID: 11383
Depositing User: Lisa Arai
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2009 15:08
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:36
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