‘I love my boyfriend and I felt like it was the right time for me’: exploring young people’s views about sex and teenage pregnancy

Geraldine Brady, Geraldine Brown, Julie Bayley

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    This article focuses on the issues young people (aged 14-20) identify as important in their choices relating to sexual decision-making. Psychological and sociological ideas are drawn upon to gain an understanding of the interplay of individual, social and structural factors in sexual decision-making, locating these within the wider context of teenage pregnancy policy and practice. We suggest that recent and current approaches in England to addressing teenage pregnancy misunderstand the context of young people’s lived reality. Most importantly, young people assert themselves in choosing whether to become sexually active, an aspect which is often disregarded by policy makers, who tend to associate teenage sexual behaviour with explanations which focus on ignorance, mixed messages and low expectations or aspirations. Our aim is to contribute to a growing body of research which recognises the complexity involved in choices and decisions relating to sex, relationships and pregnancy.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalYoung: Nordic Journal of Youth Research
    Publication statusSubmitted - Feb 2013


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    This paper is being submitted to the journal Young, published by Sage. It has not yet been published so there is no DOI, volume or issue number yet.


    • young people
    • sex and sexual health
    • teenage pregnancy
    • love and relationships
    • agency

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