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Who has a baby as a teenager?

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/9781847420749.003.0002
Who has a baby as a teenager?

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This chapter outlines the structural, demographic and psycho-social factors associated with teenage pregnancy and fertility. This chapter focuses on women, mothers and motherhood, but there is a brief section on young fathers and children and young people who have been in the care system. This chapter confirms findings from other reviews, principally that teenage pregnancy and child bearing can be seen to be concentrated among low SES groups (whether measured by social class status, housing or geographic location) and among young women who have experienced low educational attainment or disengagement from the education system. Teenage mothers are also more likely to come from lone-parent families, and/or families that have a tradition of early fertility.

Keywords: teenage pregnancy; fertility; motherhood; young fathers; early fertility; teenager

Chapter.  8185 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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