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Teenage pregnancy and parenthood in England

Anne Daguerre

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/9781861346780.003.0004
Teenage pregnancy and parenthood in England

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This chapter focuses on England within the four individual countries that compose the UK. The first section of this chapter identifies the reasons why teenage pregnancy has been constructed as a social problem since the 1970s. In the second section, policy developments and debates with regard to teenage pregnancy in the period 1980–2004 are discussed; it is shown here that Labour's return to power in 1997 enabled the emergence of a more progressive agenda for teenage parents. The third section argues that the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy lacks some strategic coherence as a result of the great deal of political unease regarding two controversial issues: sex education and social disadvantage. The fourth section provides an assessment of the teenage pregnancy strategy, whereas the fifth section identifies the lack of political ambition to tackle social and educational disadvantage as the main impediment for substantially reducing teenage pregnancy.

Keywords: England; social policy; sex education; social welfare; adolescents; teenage pregnancy

Chapter.  8339 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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