Tuesday, 19 July 2016

How the UK halved its teenage pregnancy rate

How the UK halved its teenage pregnancy rate Political support at all levels, long-term commitment and changes to social norms behind success of public health strategy

Rates of teenage pregnancy in the UK have halved in the past two decades and are now at their lowest levels since record-keeping began in the late 1960s.

It is a dramatic turnaround: in 1998, England had one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in western Europe. Last week, the Office for National Statistics released data revealing the fall in the conception rate among females aged 15 to 19 as the standout success story in the public health field: just 14.5 per 1,000 births were to women in their teens, with drops in all age groups under 25. Continue reading... The Guardian

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