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Clear and impartial advice on sex

Boys are not the only ones needing clear and impartial advice on sex and fertility, according to new research.

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

charity.

The Let's Talk About Sex website can be viewed at www.lets-talk-about sex.co.uk

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