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Teenage parenthood among child welfare clients: - a Swedish national cohort study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2007 (English)In: Journal of Adolescence, Vol. 30, no 1, 97-116 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To assess prevalence and odds for teenage parenthood among former child welfare clients, we used national register data for all children born in Sweden 1972–1983 (n=1,178,207), including 49,582 former child welfare clients with varying intervention experiences. Logistic regression models, adjusted for demographic, socio-economic and familial background factors, were used to estimate odds ratios.

Among youth who received interventions in adolescence, 16–19% of the girls and 5–6% of the boys became teenage parents, compared to 3% for girls and 0.7% for boys without child welfare experiences. Youths who entered child welfare services in their teens had four- to fivefold adjusted odds for becoming a teenage parent. For other child welfare clients, adjusted odds were mostly twofold.

Youth of both sexes who receive child welfare services in adolescence are a high-risk group for teenage parenthood. Child welfare agencies should, as a minimum, provide each individual client youth with access to birth control counselling and contraceptives.

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2007. Vol. 30, no 1, 97-116 p.
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Adolescent; Parenthood; Motherhood; Fatherhood; Child bearing; Child welfare; Foster care; Child care; Cohort study
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19367OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-19367DiVA: diva2:185891
Available from: 2007-02-07 Created: 2007-02-07 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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