Exploring attitudes and behaviour towards teenage pregnancy

Tracey Redwood, Michelle Pyer, Sarah Armstrong-Hallam

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20 - 23
Number of pages4
JournalCommunity Practitioner
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012


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