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Teen pregnancy in Canada: A forgotten social problem

Friday, April 6, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Social Science Centre (SSC)
Room: 5220
Teen pregnancy in Canada: A forgotten social problem

Teen pregnancy in Canada: A forgotten social problem

Lisa Strohschein,
Vice-President, Canadian Population Society,
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta

Apr. 6, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
SSC 5220

Today, teen pregnancy rates in Canada are at historic lows, and births are more common for women over age 40 than under the age of 20. The downward trend of teen pregnancy and childbirth signals success over a social problem that has been at the forefront of policy and programmatic intervention for much of the twentieth century. The downside of such success is that the issue of teen pregnancy commands much less attention in policy circles than some of the other, more pressing social problems youth face today. Is waning interest in the problem of teen pregnancy warranted? Drawing on Canadian data, I present three compelling reasons why teen pregnancy still matters, not just for youth and their potential futures, but also for the good of Canadian society.

Dr. Lisa Strohschein is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta. She studies how family dynamics influence health and well-being.

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