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Teenage Pregnancy

Maternity and Births

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Published: 24 June 2014
Teenage Pregnancies, year ending 31 December 2012
Publication Summary Download pdf file [64kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [153kb]

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

These webpages present data on teenage pregnancies 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.

Other documents

Teenage Pregnancy Notes on Interpretation Download Word file [32KB]

Teenage Pregnancy Background Information Download Word file [46KB]

Teenage Pregnancy Metadata Document Download pdf file[30KB]

Teenage Pregnancy (change of method/data sources 2007) Download Excel file [150KB]

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