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‘I’m pregnant … what am I going to do?’ An examination of value judgements and moral frameworks in teenage pregnancy decision making

Hoggart, Lesley (2012). ‘I’m pregnant … what am I going to do?’ An examination of value judgements and moral frameworks in teenage pregnancy decision making. Health, Risk & Society, 14(6) pp. 533–549.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/13698575.2012.706263
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Abstract

Policy discussion of teenage sexual behaviour has been strongly influenced by a political agenda that characterises teenage pregnancy as a potential ‘risk’ of sexual activity. This presumed risk framework, however, depends upon an assumption of shared value judgements about the social undesirability of teenage parenthood, and the moral undesirability of teenage abortion. Drawing on three qualitative research projects undertaken in England between 2003 and 2009, this article looks at the complex processes of individual pregnancy decision making, in a context of competing values and moralities. It provides insights into, and understandings of, underlying tensions in the processes through which different degrees of personal autonomy may be experienced, and suggests that when autonomous decision making is compromised, often due to tensions in competing value systems, young women may experience ambivalence or regret about the decision they have made.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1469-8331
Keywords: risk; teenage pregnancy; regret; abortion; autonomy
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
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Item ID: 38795
Depositing User: Christopher Biggs
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2012 13:40
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2018 22:19
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/38795
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