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Teenage pregnancy in New Zealand: changing social policy paradigms

Georg Menz

in When children become parents

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346780
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304272 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346780.003.0003
Teenage pregnancy in New Zealand: changing social policy paradigms

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This chapter consists of four sections. This first section provides an outline of the phenomenon of teenage pregnancy in New Zealand. In the second section, the public policy regulation of the phenomenon of teenage pregnancy since 1970 is examined. The key argument developed here is that the phenomenon of teenage pregnancy and related public policy responses can be studied as representative case studies of larger paradigm shifts. Teenage pregnancy is thus treated as a social problem by contemporary New Zealand policymakers not least due to the continuing predominance of the workfarist paradigm in social policy design. In this sense, teenage pregnancy and social service provision for (young) single mothers can serve as a litmus test of broader trends in social policy formation. The third section provides a brief review of recent policy developments and evaluation, while the fourth section contains a concluding discussion.

Keywords: New Zealand; teenage pregnancy; adolescents; social services; social welfare; social policy

Chapter.  8375 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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