Published: 26 June 2012
Teenage Pregnancies, year ending 31st December 2010
A number of teenage girls experience unintended or unwanted pregnancies, although for some young people this is a positive life decision. With a higher rate of teenage pregnancy than most other western European countries, reducing unintended teenage pregnancy is a national target for the Scottish Government. Teenage pregnancy is also linked to deprivation with the rates of teenage pregnancy in deprived areas more that treble those of the least deprived areas.
Teenage pregnancy targets
- Reduce by 20% the pregnancy rate (per 1000 population) in under 16 year olds from 8.5 in 1995 to 6.8 in 2010.
These webpages present data on teenage pregnancies, with the most recent information representing conceptions in 2008, for age groups under 16, under 18 and under 20.
The main tables and charts show the number and rate of pregnancies in women under the age of twenty, based on data derived from birth and stillbirth registrations, and from therapeutic abortions notified in accordance with the Abortion Act 1967.
A minor error has been discovered in the calculation of rates per 1000 women in the table ‘teenage pregnancies by NHS Board of residence, year and age of mother at conception’.
This applies only to the year 2009 and has now been corrected. The impact of this is that the Scotland rate for under 20s is 52.8 instead of 52.7, for under 18s is 37.2 instead of 36.6 and for under 16s 7.1 instead of 7.0. Rates for NHS Boards for 2009 show similar minor corrections.