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ERIC Number: ED411986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 17
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Teenager-, Mother-, Daughter-, Who Am I? Navajo Adolescent Mothers' Perceptions of the Maternal Role & Implications for Child Developmental Outcomes.
Dalla, Rochelle L.
This study explored the meaning of motherhood among Navajo teenagers, their mothers, and community informants living in a small, rural town on a Navajo Reservation. Participating were 8 Navajo teenage mothers ranging from 16 to 19 years, 7 grandmothers (mothers of the teens) who ranged from 41 to 57 years, and 6 community informants: two teachers, a nurse, a substance abuse counselor, a Delegate to the Navajo Nation, and a Navajo healer. Three of these informants were white, non-Native Americans who had extensive experience working with Native Americans, and three were Navajos who had been raised in the community. Intensive semi-structured interviews of participants were conducted in English, tape recorded, and transcribed. Results revealed marked diversity among the teenagers in the extent of identification with adolescence and maternity. Four groups of teenage mothers were identified: (1) those with high commitment to both roles; (2) those with high commitment to adolescent, with little commitment to maternity; (3) those with single, focused commitment to motherhood; and (4) those lacking commitment to either role. Grandmother reports confirmed the categorization of each teen. Reports from teens, grandmothers, and informants agreed that adolescent parenting was no longer condoned in the Navajo society, probably due to increased parenting occurring outside of marriage and the increased importance of educational attainment. However, most families accepted the unplanned pregnancies and supported their daughters. Navajo culture was described as being in transition between traditional values and an emerging blending of Navajo and Anglo cultures. (Contains 16 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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