Approaches to teenage motherhood in Québec, Canada

Johanne Charbonneau

in When children become parents

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346780
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304272 | DOI:
Approaches to teenage motherhood in Québec, Canada

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This chapter describes how a real commitment to children's and women's well-being has resulted in lower teenage birth rates in Québec compared to the Anglophone parts of Canada. It provides a discussion of early pregnancy and motherhood as a ‘social problem’ through an exploration of the literature and of the latest statistics. Each year, 2600 Québec females under the age of 20 become teenage mothers, and the trend has been dropping for more than five years. This chapter also presents an analysis of teenage pregnancy that is set in the broader framework of changing social policies in Canada and Québec. It is shown that early motherhood cuts across a set of specific issues and circumstantial factors, creating a novel situation that largely accounts for the interest it creates.

Keywords: Québec; Canada; teenage pregnancy; adolescents; social policy; social welfare; fertility rate; sexual behaviour

Chapter.  9150 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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