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Anne Daguerre and Corinne Nativel

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346780

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346780.001.0001

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Introduction: the construction of teenage pregnancy as a social problem

Introduction: the construction of teenage pregnancy as a social problem

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(p.1) One Introduction: the construction of teenage pregnancy as a social problem
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When children become parents
Author(s):

Anne Daguerre

Corinne Nativel

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346780.003.0001

This introductory chapter presents the three principal objectives of the book: firstly, to contribute to the comparative literature on welfare states by analysing the links between welfare state provision and teenage reproductive behaviour across a range of welfare countries; secondly, to examine the public policy responses to teenage parenthood among national models of welfare states; and thirdly, to present and discuss the construction of teenage pregnancy as a social problem in case studies drawn from various industrialised countries. It also discusses the comparative method used in this book as it draws on a small number of cases, limited to advanced industrialised societies with stable democratic systems: the UK (focusing on England), the US, New Zealand, France, the Canadian province of Québec, Italy, Denmark and Norway. Two transition countries, Russia and Poland, which emblematically illustrate the difficulties of transition from communism to economic liberalism and democracy, are also included.

Keywords:   pregnancy, adolescents, teenage pregnancy, social welfare, reproductive behaviour, welfare countries, industrialized countries

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