Although rates have been falling in the UK for many years, teenage pregnancy is often seen as a problem to be solved, and reducing unintended pregnancies is a target for the Scottish government. Meanwhile, a growing body of research around the experiences of young parents suggests that becoming a parent as a teenager is not necessarily the disaster we are led to believe it will be. Indeed, for many young people, it is a positive experience and for some, can be a turning point in their lives.
The panel will discuss recent research by Dr Sally Brown about multi-generational experiences of teenage pregnancy and parenting. Each of the panel members work with young parents and have been involved in developing local and national strategies will discuss some of the challenges young parents face, and what can be done to support them and reduce social isolation and stigma.
Panel chair: Professor Lynn Jamieson, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, The University of Edinburgh http://www.crfr.ac.uk/
Dr Sally Brown, Edinburgh Napier University
Anna Chrystal, Stepping Stones North Edinburgh https://steppingstonesnorthedinburgh.co.uk/
Thomas Lynch, Dads Rock http://www.dadsrock.org.uk/
Lesley Walker, NHS Lothian
The discussion will be followed by a wine reception to celebrate the launch of Sally’s book, ‘Teenage pregnancy, parenting and intergenerational relations’ published by Palgrave Macmillan.