It suggests teenage girls faced with an unexpected pregnancy base their decisions on the views of family, friends and neighbours.
A study carried out among 41 young women in Doncaster who faced unexpected pregnancy showed opposition to abortion among families and the community was a major influence, as was the visibility of youngmothers and babies.
Sharon Tabberer, a research fellow at the University of York and co-author of the study, said: "It identifies a need for independent counselling, advice and support for teenagers from the time they first suspect they are pregnant."
The research was commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a social policy
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