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‘I’m pregnant … what am I going to do?’ An examination of value judgements and moral frameworks in teenage pregnancy decision making

‘I’m pregnant … what am I going to do?’ An examination of value judgements and moral frameworks in teenage pregnancy decision making

Hoggart, Lesley (2012) ‘I’m pregnant … what am I going to do?’ An examination of value judgements and moral frameworks in teenage pregnancy decision making. Health, Risk & Society, 14 (6). pp. 533-549. ISSN 1369-8575 (Print), 1469-8331 (Online) (doi:10.1080/13698575.2012.706263)

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Abstract

Policy discussion of teenage sexual behaviour has been strongly influenced by a political agenda that characterises teenage pregnancy as a potential ‘risk’ of sexual activity. This presumed risk framework, however, depends upon an assumption of shared value judgements about the social undesirability of teenage parenthood, and the moral undesirability of teenage abortion. Drawing on three qualitative research projects undertaken in England between 2003 and 2009, this article looks at the complex processes of individual pregnancy decision making, in a context of competing values and moralities. It provides insights into, and understandings of, underlying tensions in the processes through which different degrees of personal autonomy may be experienced, and suggests that when autonomous decision making is compromised, often due to tensions in competing value systems, young women may experience ambivalence or regret about the decision they have made.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Published online: 20 Aug 2012. [2] Published in print: September 2012. [3] Published as: Health, Risk & Society, (2012), Vol. 14, (6), pp. 533-549.
Uncontrolled Keywords: risk, teenage pregnancy, regret, abortion, autonomy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Centre for Applied Social Research
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/8873

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