When children become parents: Welfare state responses to teenage pregnancy

Anne Daguerre, Corinne Nativel

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Teenage parenthood is recognised as a significant disadvantage in western industrialised nations. It has been found to increase the likelihood of poverty and to reinforce inequalities. This book explores the links between welfare state provision and teenage reproductive behaviour across a range of countries with differing welfare regimes. Drawing on both welfare state and feminist literature, as well as on new empirical evidence, the book compares public policy responses to teenage parenthood in each ‘family’ of welfare regime: Nordic, Liberal and Continental (Western European); analyses the different socio-political contexts in which teenage pregnancy is constructed as a social problem and identifies best practice in Europe and the USA. The countries included in the study are the UK, USA, New Zealand, France, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Norway, the Canadian province of Québec and Russia. The contributors are all experts in the fields of welfare and/or gender studies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages264
ISBN (Print)9781861346780
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2006


  • welfare state
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Teenage motherhood


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