Published: 05 July 2016
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 than treble those of the least deprived areas.
These web pages 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.