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Health Promot Perspect. 2021;11(4): 426-429.
doi: 10.34172/hpp.2021.52
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Socioeconomic determinants of teenage pregnancy and early motherhood in the United Kingdom: A perspective

David Aluga 1* ORCID logo, Elvis Anyaehiechukwu Okolie 1 ORCID logo

1 School of Health and Life Sciences, Teesside University Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
*Corresponding Author: David Aluga, Email: david.aluga@hotmail.com

Abstract

The United Kingdom has one of the highest teenage birth rates among countries in western Europe. Government initiatives such as the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy introduced by the labor government in 1999 to reduce the teenage pregnancy rate by half in ten years could be responsible for the steady decline in teenage conception and childbirth for the past two decades. However, to sustain this decrease it is crucial to consider the broader socioeconomic and environmental determinants of teenage pregnancy at the population level. A selected literature search was conducted in this respect to highlight the factors that could be neglected by recent interventions on teenage pregnancy and childbirth in the United Kingdom.
Keywords: Pregnancy in adolescence, Mothers, Parturition, Socioeconomic factors, United Kingdom

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Submitted: 08 Aug 2021
Accepted: 05 Sep 2021
ePublished: 19 Dec 2021
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