Teenage Pregnancy, Parenting and Intergenerational Relations

Teenage Pregnancy, Parenting and Intergenerational Relations

by Sally Brown

Hardcover(1st ed. 2016)

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Drawing on interviews and focus groups with young mothers and fathers, their parents and other relatives, this book provides a rich exploration of the experience of being a teenage parent now, and for earlier generations, closely examining teenage pregnancy and parenting in families where two or more generations have been teenage mothers. Brown also explores the cultural and social contexts of teenage parenting by including the views of people who have many years’ experience of working with young parents in health, social and welfare settings. The book challenges policy contexts which focus on negative aspects of teenage parenting, and shows that for many young people, parenting can be a positive experience. It will appeal to academics, policymakers and professionals with an interest in teenage pregnancy and parenting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137495389
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 06/20/2016
Series: Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
Edition description: 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 247
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sally Brown is lecturer in sociology at Edinburgh Napier University, UK. Her research interests include young people’s health and wellbeing, men’s health, screening, diagnosis and risk.

Table of Contents

Introduction.- 1. ‘They’re not this kind of thing that you think they are’: patterns, trends and policy.- 2. ‘It feels like it’s a cultural thing in this area’: the study in context.- 3. ‘I was scared but I was happy’: getting pregnant as a teenager.- 4. I wouldn’t swap it for the world’: being a young parent.- 5. ‘It’s bringing new life in’: the baby and the wider family.- 6. ‘There’s a pattern going on there’: local contexts of teenage parenting.- 7. ‘It’s mad how much you grow up’: the future for young parents and their children.- 8. ‘My mum is a young mum and she’s done fine’: Conclusions.

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From the Publisher

“Brown not only presents her own qualitative work in a clear and convincing manner but also links her findings to the existing rich qualitative and quantitative scholarship on teen pregnancy. Her focus on multigenerational families and the support provided by mothers, grandmothers, aunts and siblings provides great insight into the lived experience of teen mothers and fathers. This book should be required reading for politicians in the UK and the US.” (James Trussell, Princeton University, USA)

“Clinicians, researchers, and policy-makers are far removed from the practical worlds of teen mothers and fathers. Where middle class professionals see only bad choices, unremitting hardship, and long-term failure, teen parents report that their lives are enriched and their futures are brighter as they work to be good parents and role models for their children. This study helps to explain these contradictory viewpoints. By drawing on qualitative interviews with teen mothers and family members, this volume encourages the reader to take their perspectives seriously and to imagine a more inclusive, less stigmatizing view of young families.” (Lee SmithBattle, Saint Louis University, USA)

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