Report on the experiences of mothers aged under 20 in Scotland

Date: 20th February 2014
Category: Disability, Basic Health and Welfare

A report has been published based on analysis of Growing Up in Scotland data on the circumstances of first-time mothers in Scotland who were aged under 20 at the time of the child's birth.

Data collected up to the child's sixth birthday were used to compare these circumstances with those of mothers who were aged 20 to 24 and aged 25 or older at the time of their child's birth.

The report confirms the significant socio-economic disadvantage that young mothers face in terms of lower educational qualifications, lower employment levels and lower income, but also highlight others lesser known differences including unstable partner relationships, poorer health behaviours and health outcomes and lower levels of engagement with formal parenting support.