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Introduction: ‘Shattered lives and blighted futures’

Lisa Arai

in Teenage pregnancy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420749
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303688 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420749.003.0001
Introduction: ‘Shattered lives and blighted futures’

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This book aims to consider the depiction of teenage pregnancy as a social and public health problem and to explore ways in which policy makers, academics and the media have responded to teenage pregnancy. The focus is on the late 1990s to the present. This book covers the British experience, though reference is made to other countries' experiences of teenage pregnancy. This book is divided into two parts, wherein the first part focuses on describing the background to, factors associated with, everyday representations of and policy on teenage pregnancy, and the second part focuses on the depiction of teenage pregnancy as a problem.

Keywords: teenage pregnancy; problematisation; teenage fertility rate; British; social and public health problem

Chapter.  5976 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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