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When children become parentsWelfare state responses to teenage pregnancy$
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Anne Daguerre and Corinne Nativel

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346780

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346780.001.0001

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Teenage pregnancy in Poland: between laissez-faire and religious backlash

Teenage pregnancy in Poland: between laissez-faire and religious backlash

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(p.203) Ten Teenage pregnancy in Poland: between laissez-faire and religious backlash
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When children become parents
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Stéphane Portet

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346780.003.0010

This chapter provides an overview of the dynamics of the phenomenon of teenage pregnancy in Poland and analyses the characteristics of the public debate. The first section presents a statistical analysis of national fertility and birth rates, including those for adolescents. The second section analyses the issues of contraception and abortion. The third section analyses current sex education programmes and the public debate surrounding this very controversial issue underlining the rather conservative approach that prevails in Poland. The fourth section identifies the reasons for the lack of a coherent strategy regarding teenage pregnancy. The concluding discussions of this chapter underline the importance of cultural factors in explaining continuity and change in patterns of teenage pregnancy.

Keywords:   Poland, teenage pregnancy, adolescents, youth, sex education, social policy

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