Duncan, Simon, Alexander, Claire and Edwards, Rosalind
Teenage parenting - What's the problem?
In, Changing Parenting Culture, London, GB,
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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 men, and indeed can sometimes improve their lives. Why is it that becoming a mother or father can make sense and be valued by some young people? And why is it that policy makers ignore the research evidence that teenage parenthood is not an inevitable catastrophe?
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