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Teenage pregnancyThe making and unmaking of a problem$
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Lisa Arai

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420749

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420749.001.0001

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Epidemics, fluctuations and trends: the everyday depiction of teenage pregnancy

Epidemics, fluctuations and trends: the everyday depiction of teenage pregnancy

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(p.39) Three Epidemics, fluctuations and trends: the everyday depiction of teenage pregnancy
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Teenage pregnancy
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Lisa Arai

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420749.003.0003

This chapter explores the myth-reality gap on teenage pregnancy, which focuses on contemporary British media representations of youthful pregnancy. It focuses on the role of the media in the emergence of teenage pregnancy as a problem. This chapter explores the representation of teenage pregnancy in the media, focusing especially on the sensational language and other journalistic devices used to describe teenage pregnancy and young mothers. The depiction of teenage pregnancy as problematic is largely the media's making and owes much to the fact that the media deal with caricatures. Academics and policy makers may contribute, inadvertently or otherwise, to the production of negative discourses about pregnant or parenting teenagers, but both generally avoid the kind of language used by journalists and would claim not to give credence to the sentiments that lie behind it.

Keywords:   teenage pregnancy, media, British media, journalist, young mothers

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