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ERIC Number: EJ941815
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0605
"Someone of Your Own to Love": Experiences of Being Looked after as Influences on Teenage Pregnancy
Knight, Abigail; Chase, Elaine; Aggleton, Peter
Children & Society, v20 n5 p391-403 Nov 2006
Previous research has shown that children and young people who are looked after are vulnerable to poor life outcomes, including early pregnancy. This paper examines how experiences of being looked after may contribute to teenage pregnancy. Using in-depth interviews, data were collected from 63 young people recently looked after who are aged 15-24 and 78 professionals, across four research sites. The young people reported feelings of loneliness, rejection, stigma and not being able to trust others, emotions which seriously influenced their decisions about becoming parents. The findings suggest that such young people may benefit from a greater degree of emotional and practical support throughout their lives in care.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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