Young Mothers?

Young Mothers?

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This book analyzes why and in what circumstances teenage women become mothers. The author does not condemn early motherhood as a problem, but focuses on both positive and negative aspects of these women's experiences. A central part of the author's analysis are first-hand accounts by women who have become mothers before the age of twenty. Among other areas, she discusses the women's attitudes towards their pregnancy, towards men and marriage, and towards the social services upon which many young mothers rely. She also examines how the concept of teenage motherhood has been socially constructed and contrasts many of society's negative conceptions with the women's own personal perceptions and experiences.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 716.68g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • index, references
  • 0745605400
  • 9780745605401

Table of contents

Setting the scene; demographic trends in early motherhood; how the women came to be mothers; men and marriage; social networks and emotional support; practical support; the children; young women as mothers - employment, education and satisfaction with motherhood.show more