teenage pregnancy

'Planned' teenage pregnancy: Views and experiences of young people from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds

This in-depth study explores the motivations for ‘planned’ teenage pregnancy in England. The findings have important implications for the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy and the increasing political agenda on young people and health. The report is based on 51 in-depth interviews, undertaken among teenagers in six relatively disadvantaged locations who reported their pregnancy as 'planned' (41 women and 10 men).

The Adolescent Brain: A Work in Progress

This paper summarises scientific research about brain development in adolescence and in particular, emphasises the changes to the prefrontal cortex of the frontal lobes which appear to be especially critical for mature decision making and impulse control. Sections within the paper address changes in the brain during adolescence at the cellular level; describes adolescent brain development from the perspective of new techniques now available for studying living brains; and, in the final section, summarises knowledge about how these brain changes may affect thinking and behaviour.

Teenage pregnancy next steps : guidance for local authorities and primary care trusts on effective delivery of local strategies

UK Government document reviewing the lessons which have been learned since the Government's Teenage Pregnancy Strategy began in 1999 and setting out the actions which will help local authorities and primary care trusts to achieve a 50% conception rate reduction target.

Targeting teenage pregnancy (TP) through school based health centres

Case study from Greenwich, London describing the setting up of health centres in schools and the positive impact these have had on issues such as teenage pregnancy and other health and well-being issues affecting young people. Also offered are implementation tips for others interested in setting up similar centres.

Targeted and integrated services reduce teenage pregnancy

Case study from Bournemouth showing how a targeted and integrated multi-agency approach successfully reduced teenage pregnancy rates and offering implementation tips for others wishing to achieve the same objectives.

The safe parenting handbook

Handbook containing information and advice to help parents deal successfully with various issues which can affect children such as childcare, health and safety, education, sex and relationships.

Universal Drug Prevention

This review describes research into, and practice of universal drug prevention. It provides information on several different approaches, including school and family based, communities, mass media and generic health interventions. This work is placed in the context of relevant national policy (UK).

SCIE research briefing 9: Preventing teenage pregnancy in looked after children

The topic of this briefing is the prevention of pregnancy among a specific group: looked after children and young people, who usually live in foster homes, but may also be in residential placements or with family members. Research and policy literature currently focuses on the provision of appropriate and adequate sex and relationship education in conjunction with accessible contraceptive services as the means of reducing teenage pregnancy.

Teenage Pregnancy Independent Advisory Group: annual report 2007/08

Annual report by the Teenage Pregnancy Independent Advisory Group which contains a series of recommendations on how to advance the UK Government's Teenage Pregnancy Strategy.

Education for Choice

Website of Education for Choice, the only UK-based educational charity whose purpose is to enable young people to make informed choices about pregnancy and abortion.