Are our data on teenage pregnancy across ethnic groups in England fit for the purpose of policy formulation, implementation and monitoring?

Aspinall, Peter J. and Hashem, Ferhana (2010) Are our data on teenage pregnancy across ethnic groups in England fit for the purpose of policy formulation, implementation and monitoring? Critical Public Health, 20 (1). pp. 47-70. ISSN 0958-1596 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The Teenage Pregnancy Strategy for England has a Public Service Agreement target to substantially reduce the level of teenage pregnancies by 2010. It argues that all the main risk factors need to be incorporated into risk assessments undertaken by agencies and professionals. These include deprivation, poor educational attainment and disengagement from school, and ethnicity, the last's association with high teenage pregnancy rates being independent of deprivation. The strategy adds, too, that local areas should target delivery of their local strategy more intensively on these groups most at risk. An attempt and quality of ethnicity data on maternities and abortions, based on extensive structured searches of a wide range of abstracted and full-text literature and statistical sources published 1997-2008. This reveals that, in practice, local teenage pregnancy strategies have little, if any, ethnically coded data to draw upon and it is not surprising that they have had difficulties in targeting these groups. The experience of other countries demonstrates that data of quality can be collected on teenage pregnancy if this is prioritised. The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 should be used to catalyse statutory agencies to set up the necessary systems to ensure that collection of teenage pregnancy data by ethnic group is routine and robust.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: teenage pregnancy; live births; abortions; fetal loss; ethnicity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA788 Sexual health
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Paula Loader
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2010 15:15
Last Modified: 08 May 2014 08:04
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/24250 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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