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Exploring attitudes and behaviour towards teenage pregnancy

Redwood, T., Pyer, M. and Armstrong-Hallam, S. (2012) Exploring attitudes and behaviour towards teenage pregnancy. Community Practitioner. 85(3), 20-23(4). 1462-2815.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: This article illustrates a methodological approach, which actively engaged 14 to 19 year olds in the research process. This two phase study explored the attitudes and behaviours of young people towards teenage pregnancy in Northamptonshire, UK. The first phase involved training young mothers to lead six focus groups with three specifically targeted 'at-risk' groups; other teenage mothers, young offenders and looked after children (from 14 to 19 years of age). An open question began each focus group but the young women or peer researchers were aware of the topics they wished to explore and provided prompts as necessary. Seven topics are presented under the headings of: alcohol and drugs; planned pregnancy; professionals' treatment; need for love; support by family, friends and partners; labelling and the reality for teenage mothers; and future aspirations. The reasons for pregnancy or consequences of pregnancy are discussed under the implications and recommendations.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ755.7 Parents. Parenthood > HQ759.4 Teenage pregnancy
Creators: Redwood, Tracey, Pyer, Michelle and Armstrong-Hallam, Sarah
Publisher: Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association
Northamptonshire and East Midlands: Health
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Centre for Family Life
Research Centres > Centre for Health Sciences and Services
Research Centres > Centre for Psychology and Social Sciences
Date: March 2012
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: 20-23(4)
Journal or Publication Title: Community Practitioner
Volume: 85
Number: 3
Language: English
ISSN: 1462-2815
Status: Published / Disseminated

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