Young Women, Sex and Choices: a study of young motherhood in Shropshire

 

Research Team: Rachel Hek and Lesley Hoggart, Social Policy Research Paper No 1

This project, commissioned by the Teenage Pregnancy Co-ordinator for Telford and Wrekin Primary Care Trust, examined the sexual behaviour and decision-making processes of young women in Shropshire, predominantly in Telford. We asked young women about their sexual experiences, concerns and needs; their views on the sexual health services available locally, and their opinions on what might influence their own sexual behaviour and decision-making. The project also examined the support services for young mothers currently available and young women’s views of these. Individual interviews were undertaken with young mothers and service providers. Focus groups were held in a number of schools.

Young Women, Sex and Choices: a study of young motherhood in Shropshire