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Winner of the 2011 Distinguished Publication Award of the Association for
Women in Psychology!
Why, despite evidence to the contrary, does the narrative of the negative
consequences of teenage pregnancy, abortion and childbearing persist? This book
argues that the negativity surrounding early reproduction is underpinned by a
particular understanding of adolescence. It traces the invention of
"adolescence" and the imaginary wall that the notion constructs between young
people and adults. Macleod examines the entrenched status of "adolescence"
within a colonialist discourse that equates development of the individual with
the development of civilisation, and the consequent threat of degeneration that
Many important issues are explored, such as the invention of teenage pregnancy
and abortion as a social problem; issues of race, culture and tradition in
relation to teenage pregnancy; and health service provider practices,
specifically in relation to managing risk. In the final chapter, an argument is
made for a shift from the signifier "teenage pregnancy" to "unwanted pregnancy".
Using data gathered from studies worldwide, this book highlights central
issues in the global debate concerning teenage pregnancy. It is ideal for
academics, and students of health psychology, women’s studies, nursing and
sociology, as well as practitioners in the fields of youth and social work,
medicine and counselling.
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