Teenage parenthood: What's the problem?


Duncan, Simon, Edwards, Rosalind and Alexandra, Claire (eds.) (2010) Teenage parenthood: What's the problem?, London, GB, Tufnell Press

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Policy makers and media claim that teenage parenthood ruins young people’s lives and those of their children, as well as threatening wider social and moral breakdown. Yet research increasingly shows that parenthood is not necessarily a disaster for young women and young men, and indeed can sometimes improve their lives. Why is that becoming a mother or father can make sense for and be valued by some young people? And why is that policy makers ignore the research evidence that teenage parenthood is not an inevitable catastrophe?

Contents

What’s the problem with teenage parents? Simon Duncan, Claire Alexander, Rosalind Edwards;

‘What’s important at the end of the day?’ Young mothers’ values and policy presumptions, Pam Alldred and Miriam David;

Challenging the irrational, amoral and anti-social construction of the ‘teenage mother,’ Jan Macvarish and Jenny Billings;

Just what difference does teenage motherhood make? Evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study, Denise Hawkes;

Pathways to adulthood, Eleanor Formby, Julia Hirst and Jenny Owen;

Great Expectations: teenage pregnancy and intergenerational transmission, Ann McNulty;

‘Just a mum or dad’: experiencing teenage parenting and work-life balances, Claire Alexander, Simon Duncan and Rosalind Edwards;

Young mothers from ‘minoritised’ backgrounds, Jenny Owen, Gina Higginbottom, Mavis Kirkham, Nigel Mathers and Peter Marsh;

Conclusion: Hazard warning, Rosalind Edwards, Simon Duncan and Claire Alexander;

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 1872767087 (paperback)
9781872767086 (hardback)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Sociology and Social Policy
ePrint ID: 170657
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2011 09:43
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:20
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/170657

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