Research Article

Newer fashions in illegitimacy.

Br Med J 1977; 1 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.6062.701 (Published 12 March 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;1:701
  1. R H Edmunds,
  2. A Yarrow

    Abstract

    In 1968 Illsley and Gill examined the rise in illegitimacy in the decade 1955-65 and showed that this rise, unlike rises in the first and second world wars, had not been accompanied by a fall in prenuptial conceptions but by a rise. Statistics from 1970 to 1975 have been examined and a third parameter, legal abortion, added. After a period characterised by an apparent rise in the total of extramarital conceptions there has since 1972 been a decline; and in the age group 20-24 this fall dates from 1971. Improved contraceptive practice is probably the reason.