Teenage Pregnancy and Reproductive Health
This book considers the issue of teenage sexuality and pregnancy from historical, international and regional perspectives. Expert authors question whether teenage pregnancy should be regarded as a social or as an obstetric 'problem' and the roles of diet and nutrition are considered. Strategies for reducing teenage pregnancy rates are assessed, including sex education, contraception and service provision, together with evidence for the efficacy of the inventions reviewed. Methods of reducing social exclusion among teenage parents and their families, such as Sure Start Plus, housing, education and childcare, are discussed. Most importantly, the perspectives of young women, men and parents are included. This wide-ranging review of the important questions and issues around teenage pregnancy and reproductive health will be of interest and of value not only to members of the RCOG but also to healthcare practitioners in other disciplines for whom the health and welfare of adolescents is of key concern.