Teenage mothers and fathers in Scotland 1991 to 2001
Raab, G. & Henderson, M. (2010) SLS Research Working Paper 9. Longitudinal Studies Centre Scotland: Edinburgh/St Andrews, 1 November 2010. [SLS]
This report investigates the factors that predict young parenthood in young men and women and examines the consequences of being a young parent in the years following the birth. The Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) holds 1991 Census data for a 5.3% sample of the Scottish population. Young people who became mothers and fathers between 1991 and 2001 were identified from linked birth records. The 2001 Census data was used to identify how young parents differed from other young people in terms of their socio- economic status, education and health. The sample studied included 2,282 teenage mothers and 811 teenage fathers. The reason for the smaller number of fathers was, to a large extent, due to the fact that the fathers of young mothers’ babies tend to be older and the same age range was used to identify each sex. The use of census data which is completed by a very high proportion of the population means that our study will be much less affected by participation bias which can affect other surveys of young parents. ...