Teenage pregnancy


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Teenage pregnancy

  1. 1. Teenage Pregnancy<br />
  2. 2. In 2008, 38,750 under 18’s teenage pregnancies<br />7,123 under 16 teenage pregnancies<br />Teenage pregnancy in Britain more common than the rest of Europe; 6 times more prevalent than the Netherlands, 3 times more prevalent than in France.<br />In 2008, more than 20 teenage girls aged between 13 and 15 became pregnant every day<br />
  3. 3. Government Initiatives<br />Every Child Matters<br />Halve under-18 conception rate by 2010<br />Increase the number of teenage parents in education, employment and training.<br />Importance of prioritising sexual health education in schools<br />
  4. 4. Negative Impacts<br />Children of teenage mothers 60% more likely to have low birth weight and experience infant mortality<br />Teenage mothers 3 times more likely to suffer from post-natal depression and poor mental health<br />Teenage mothers and parents more likely to live in poverty <br />
  5. 5. Media Coverage<br />Stigma attached to teenage pregnancies; <br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzUniIMIuGU&feature=related<br />Tony Blair described the high teenage birth rate as Britain's "shameful record” <br />The Government’s Teenage Pregnancy Strategy wants to ‘establish a firm downward trend in under 16 conception rate.<br />
  6. 6. Provisions not in place for teenage girls under age of 16<br />http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/poverty-link-to-teen-pregnancy/7323.html<br />Government not offering many benefits and help for those under 16 = suggesting it is wrong to be pregnant at that age?<br />
  7. 7. Media coverage exaggerating problem?<br />Over past 10 years, rates falling in England <br /> In 1998, 46.6 per 1000 pregnant teenagers aged 15-17 compared to 2006 40.4 per 1000. <br />Reduction of 23% in teenage pregnancies of under -18’s since 1998.<br />
  8. 8. In late 1960s, 10% of births were to mothers under age of 20; 2004 7.1% under the age of 20 = a contemporary concern? <br />Is the issue<br />Marriage?<br />Education?<br />
  9. 9. Conclusion<br />The media and society reflect both positive and negative views on teenage pregnancy<br />Government put high emphasis on reducing the number of pregnancies, but at the same time provide services to them.<br />History indicates teenage pregnancies not a contemporary issue<br />