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Teenage reproductive behaviour in Denmark and Norway: lessons from the Nordic welfare state

Lisbeth B. Knudsen and Ann-Karin Valle

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/9781861346780.003.0008
Teenage reproductive behaviour in Denmark and Norway: lessons from the Nordic welfare state

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This chapter shows that the politics of teenage pregnancy in Denmark and Norway are oriented towards the prevention of unwanted pregnancy, induced abortion and securing the right to reproductive health. The chapter examines teenage reproductive behaviour and policies in Denmark and Norway, two countries with striking similarities rooted in similar historical conditions. Focus is given on the ‘Nordic similarities’, even though the countries display cultural, normative and ideological differences in relation to adolescents' sexual and reproductive behaviour, which is reflected in the patterns of childbearing and induced abortions. Data show that prevention of teenage pregnancy and of unsafe sex among youth is a priority in both Denmark and Norway; however, it has also been shown that in Norway, the provision of sex education programmes in schools remain uneven and haphazard in contrast to Denmark. Furthermore, public spending allocated to research into youth sexual and reproductive health remains very limited in Norway.

Keywords: Denmark; Norway; reproductive behaviour; adolescents; sex education; culture; teenage pregnancy; youth

Chapter.  7699 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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