Poor education linked with teen pregnancies

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 22 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:535
  1. Jessica Westall, Clegg scholar
  1. BMJ

    Britain has the highest pregnancy rate among 15-19 year old women in western Europe, according to a report from the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York. Truancy, low academic achievement, and poor sex education are all factors implicated in this high rate.

    The rate of conceptions in the 16-19 year old age group has been decreasing, however, since 1990 and is currently 56.8 per 1000. Among girls aged under 16 years the rate has …

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