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Epidemics, fluctuations and trends: the everyday depiction of teenage pregnancy

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/9781847420749.003.0003
Epidemics, fluctuations and trends: the everyday depiction of teenage pregnancy

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This chapter explores the myth-reality gap on teenage pregnancy, which focuses on contemporary British media representations of youthful pregnancy. It focuses on the role of the media in the emergence of teenage pregnancy as a problem. This chapter explores the representation of teenage pregnancy in the media, focusing especially on the sensational language and other journalistic devices used to describe teenage pregnancy and young mothers. The depiction of teenage pregnancy as problematic is largely the media's making and owes much to the fact that the media deal with caricatures. Academics and policy makers may contribute, inadvertently or otherwise, to the production of negative discourses about pregnant or parenting teenagers, but both generally avoid the kind of language used by journalists and would claim not to give credence to the sentiments that lie behind it.

Keywords: teenage pregnancy; media; British media; journalist; young mothers

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Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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