Teenage Pregnancy in the United Kingdom: A Behavioral Ecological Perspective

Dickins, Thomas E. and Johns, Sarah E. and Chipman, Abby (2012) Teenage Pregnancy in the United Kingdom: A Behavioral Ecological Perspective. Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 6 (3). pp. 344-359. ISSN 1933-5377. (doi:http://shell.newpaltz.edu/jsec/articles/volume6/issue3/Dickins_Vol6Iss3.pdf) (Full text available)


In this paper we describe teenage pregnancy and motherhood in the United Kingdom. This has been regarded as a key social policy issue for some time and is the focus of policy intervention under the current administration. We argue that policy has been based on simple models of teenage pregnancy that have failed to take into account the complex biological nature of reproductive behavior. Our claim is that the U.K. government would be well advised to take a life-history approach to this issue, and we outline what this means and what is currently known as a consequence of research in this area, concluding with lessons that should be drawn by those working in policy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Teenage pregnancy, teenage motherhood, life-history theory, developmental induction
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biological Anthropology
Depositing User: Sarah Johns
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2012 09:45 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2018 14:53 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30465 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Johns, Sarah E.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7715-7351
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