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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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Approaches to teenage motherhood in Québec, Canada

Approaches to teenage motherhood in Québec, Canada

(p.91) Five Approaches to teenage motherhood in Québec, Canada
When children become parents

Johanne Charbonneau

Policy Press

This chapter describes how a real commitment to children's and women's well-being has resulted in lower teenage birth rates in Québec compared to the Anglophone parts of Canada. It provides a discussion of early pregnancy and motherhood as a ‘social problem’ through an exploration of the literature and of the latest statistics. Each year, 2600 Québec females under the age of 20 become teenage mothers, and the trend has been dropping for more than five years. This chapter also presents an analysis of teenage pregnancy that is set in the broader framework of changing social policies in Canada and Québec. It is shown that early motherhood cuts across a set of specific issues and circumstantial factors, creating a novel situation that largely accounts for the interest it creates.

Keywords:   Québec, Canada, teenage pregnancy, adolescents, social policy, social welfare, fertility rate, sexual behaviour

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