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Adolescent access to emergency contraception: a comment on the UK context

Fallon, D 2009, 'Adolescent access to emergency contraception: a comment on the UK context' , The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, 14 (2) , pp. 120-126.

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Abstract

The provision of emergency contraception (EC) in the United Kingdom (UK) has been transformed over the past decade through advances in pharmacology and the implementation of governmental measures to reduce teenage pregnancy rates. This paper considers how these issues have developed in the current social and political context with specific reference to adolescent access to EC in the UK. It highlights the concerns caused by increased availability of EC and the tension between adolescent rights to confidential treatment and advice, and professional anxiety about encouraging secrecy or parental deception. It concludes that adolescents, whilst benefiting from increased access to EC may also face a series of challenges as a result.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescents, emergency contraception, service access
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1362-5187
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 09 May 2011 11:46
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:47
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/13886

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