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Young mothers focus of new research, 20/02/14 [S]

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson has pledged to do more to support young mothers and continue to reduce the rate of unplanned teenage pregnancy in Scotland.

The Minister was speaking following the publication the Growing Up in Scotland (GUS) study, which showed that less than a fifth of mothers aged under 20 have qualifications at Higher level or above.

Only 17 per cent of first-time mothers surveyed aged under 20 had higher-level qualifications, compared to 50 per cent of mothers in their early twenties and 80 per cent of those aged 25 or over.

Over the last four years, rates of teenage pregnancy have seen a consistent decline in Scotland and particularly in the under 16s, which has reduced by nearly 30 per cent.

The Scottish Government are due to publish a teenage pregnancy and young parent strategy next Spring.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Young mothers focus of new research
The Experiences of Mothers Aged Under 20: Analysis of Growing Up in Scotland Data - Research Findings
The Experiences of Mothers Aged Under 20: Analysis of Data From the Growing up in Scotland Study