Meeting the challenge of new teenage reproductive behaviour in Russia

Elena Ivanova

in When children become parents

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346780
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304272 | DOI:
Meeting the challenge of new teenage reproductive behaviour in Russia

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This chapter first analyses the statistical trends in young people's reproductive behaviour since 1965. It points out that the interest in the phenomenon of adolescent motherhood in Russia appeared in the early 1990s, at a time of considerable increase in teenage birth rates. However, by the early 2000s young people's fertility rates dropped to the level observed in the 1970s. This chapter identifies and discusses the reasons for these changes in teenage reproductive behaviour. It also analyses the role of various political actors in the emergence of competing policy discourses in relation to teenage sex and sexual health. The chapter provides an assessment of the various initiatives relating to young people's sexual and reproductive rights. In the concluding parts of this chapter, current and future directions in the politics of teenage reproductive behaviour in Russia are discussed.

Keywords: Russia; youth; adolescents; teenage pregnancy; reproductive behaviour; sexual health; fertility rate; birth rate; social policy

Chapter.  6194 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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