ERIC Number: ED342922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Support Systems which Affect the Hispanic and Anglo Adolescent Mother's Decision To Continue Her Education.
Wilson, Ruth D.
For an ethnographic study of the personal and educational needs of Hispanic and Anglo adolescent mothers and the services affecting their decision to remain in school, researchers interviewed eight teenage mothers--four in a special high school teen parents' program and four who had dropped out of the program. Two young women in each group were Hispanic and two were Anglo. For this paper, 4 out of 10 topics were selected for scrutiny: child care, vocational education, role models, and fathers of the babies. All eight of the participants said they received support in their educational activities. Most of the young women wanted on-site child care at the school program because it would make it easier to arrange to be at school and would relieve anxiety. Others thought it would be distracting to have the babies nearby. All the participants wanted vocational education, especially training in data processing and cosmetology. They also wanted cooperative work experience programs. Most participants found appealing the idea of having a role model, particularly a successful woman in the community in their field of interest who had been a teenage mother. Finally, some of the students were bitter toward the fathers of their babies, usually because the fathers did not support them financially and were not involved with the babies. Teens living with their babies' fathers were more likely to drop out of the school program, although the dropouts said that the fathers encouraged school attendance. The study concluded that supportive school programs are needed to help young, single mothers function as mothers and students. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Vocational Association (Los Angeles, CA, December 1991).