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Teenage pregnancy: The making and unmaking of a problem

Lisa Arai


In the last decades of the 20th century, successive British governments have regarded adolescent pregnancy and childbearing as a significant public health and social problem. Youthful pregnancy was once tackled by attacking young, single mothers but New Labour, through its Teenage Pregnancy Strategy, linked early pregnancy to social exclusion rather than personal morality and aimed, instead, to reduce teenage pregnancy and increase young mothers' participation in education and employment. However, the problematisation of early pregnancy has been contested, and it has been suggested that teenag ... More

Keywords: adolescent pregnancy, childbearing, New Labour, Teenage Pregnancy Strategy, social exclusion, problematisation, social and demographic changes, consequences, media, negative attitude

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781847420749
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420749.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Arai, author