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Teenage motherhood in Europe: a multi-country analysis of socioeconomic outcomes

Robson, Karen and Berthoud, Richard (2003) 'Teenage motherhood in Europe: a multi-country analysis of socioeconomic outcomes.' European Sociological Review, 19 (5). pp. 451-466. ISSN 0266-7215

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Abstract

Research in many countries has confirmed that teenage mothers and their families are often at a disadvantage compared with those whose children are born in their 20s or 30s. There has, however, never been an opportunity for a systematic comparison between countries, based on a common data source. This paper analyses the current positions of women whose first child was born when they were teenagers across 13 countries in the European Union, based upon the European Community Household Panel Survey. Outcomes considered are mother's employment, family employment, family structure, and household income. The severity of disadvantage on outcome measures varied substantially by country. The findings also enable us to consider the theoretical value of attempts to classify countries according to the nature of their family formation norms.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2014 11:17
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2014 11:17
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7914

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