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Empowering teenagers to prevent pregnancy: lessons from South Africa.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19459086     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Reducing rates of teenage pregnancy is an important part of the agenda of action for meeting most of the Millenium Development Goals. South Africa has important lessons for other countries in this regard as the rate of teenage pregnancy is high but has declined very substantially over the last twenty years. The country experiences waves of moral panic about teenage pregnancy, with assertions that current problems are rooted in accepting or even encouraging the sexual appetites of young people rather than sternly disciplining them. In this paper, we argue that the key to success in teenage pregnancy reduction has been an empowering social policy agenda that has sought to work with young people, making them aware of their rights and the risks of sexual intercourse. Furthermore, family responses and education policy have greatly reduced the potential negative impact of teenage pregnancy on the lives of teenage girls. There is tremendous scope for further progress in reducing teenage pregnancy and we argue that this lies in paying more attention to issues of gender and sexuality, including the terms and conditions under which teenagers have sex. There needs to be critical reflection and engagement with men and boys on issues of masculinity, including their role in child rearing, as well as examination within families of their engagement with supporting pregnancy prevention and responses to pregnancies.
Rachel Jewkes; Robert Morrell; Nicola Christofides
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Culture, health & sexuality     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1464-5351     ISO Abbreviation:  Cult Health Sex     Publication Date:  2009 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-25     Completed Date:  2010-06-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883416     Medline TA:  Cult Health Sex     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  675-88     Citation Subset:  IM    
Gender and Health Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Health Education*
Power (Psychology)*
Pregnancy in Adolescence*
Pregnancy, Unwanted
South Africa

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