Are teenage parents a problem to society?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Throughout the last ten years a wealth of research has been conducted into teenage pregnancy in the United Kingdom. The majority of this research focuses on teenage pregnancy as being negative and unplanned. As a result of this policy has a dedicated aim to reduce the number of teenage conceptions each year. As the majority of research concluded focuses on teenage pregnancy to be negative and have adverse outcomes, the aims of this desktop study is to explore and critically assess the available literature. This desktop study found that there is both evidence to suggest that teenage parents are and are not problematic to society. This desktop study provided a number of recommendations for policy makers and future researchers. With the main recommendation being that policy makers should recognise that there are positive reasons for becoming a teenage parent and therefore instead of aiming to reduce the number of teenage conceptions, they should use their resources to help prevent these parents entering social exclusion.
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care
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