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ERIC Number: EJ1131193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1478-8497
"Coming Out" as Pregnant or Having a Baby While Attending School: Experiences and Challenges of Scottish Schoolgirl Mothers/Mothers-to-Be
Ferguson, Beverley
International Journal on School Disaffection, v12 n2 p3-24 Dec 2016
Concerns exist about schoolgirls disengaging from education, becoming pregnant, dropping out of school and having lower-level or fewer qualifications. Few studies have considered the experiences and challenges that schoolgirls who become mothers face when continuing in education. This article discusses the experiences and challenges of Scottish schoolgirls who became mothers aged 18 or under. Exploring the world of schoolgirl mothers/mothers-to-be who continue in education is critical and gives a voice to those with marginalized identities. Data collection for this article was part of a wider mixed-methods, mixed-sources study conducted in 29 Scottish secondary schools or alternative provisions across 11 local authorities. The study draws on the accounts of 43 schoolgirl mothers/mothers-to-be through semi-structured individual or group interviews and questionnaires. Findings from the study show how the social organization of schooling and interacting policies and practices shape participants' experiences and challenges of continuing in education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)
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