The impact of young motherhood

Youth Australia

Young mothers, and by extension their children, are one of the most socio-economically disadvantaged groups in Australian society. Around 9 in 10 teenage mothers are receiving income support payments, and they go on to have much lower family incomes in middle age. Are these patterns a direct impact of having their first child when young, or does it simply reflect the fact that fertility patterns are heavily influenced by social backgrounds? The SPRC is currently completing two projects for the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs examining the situation of young mothers in Australia.

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