How successful was the English teenage pregnancy strategy? Response to Wellings K, Palmer MJ, Gear RS et al. Changes in conceptions in women younger than 18 years and the circumstances of young mothers in England in 2000-12: an observational study

Craig, P. , Dundas, R. , Leyland, A. and Popham, F. (2016) How successful was the English teenage pregnancy strategy? Response to Wellings K, Palmer MJ, Gear RS et al. Changes in conceptions in women younger than 18 years and the circumstances of young mothers in England in 2000-12: an observational study. Lancet, 388(10060), p. 2604. (doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(16)32223-1) (PMID:27894659)

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Abstract

Kaye Wellings and colleagues' paper (Aug 6, p 586)1 and accompanying Comment2 ascribe the fall in teenage pregnancies in England since 1998 to the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy published in 1999. Unlike the interim assessment by the same authors,3 the paper draws no parallels with other UK countries, but a comparison with trends in conceptions among 15–17 year olds in Wales and Scotland raises questions about how far the fall can be attributed to the strategy (figure).4,5

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Popham, Dr Timothy and Craig, Dr Peter and Dundas, Ms Ruth and Leyland, Professor Alastair
Authors: Craig, P., Dundas, R., Leyland, A., and Popham, F.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:Lancet
Publisher:The Lancet Publishing Group
ISSN:0140-6736
ISSN (Online):1474-547X
Published Online:25 November 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Lancet 388(10060):2604
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
727651SPHSU Core Renewal: Measuring and Analysing Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health Research ProgrammeAlastair LeylandMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/13IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
727671SPHSU Core Renewal: Informing Healthy Public Policy Research ProgrammePeter CraigMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/15IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU