ERIC Number: EJ1170115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
"Students Getting Pregnant Are Not Gonna Go Nowhere": Manifestations of Stigma in Adolescent Mothers' Educational Environment
Bermea, Autumn M.; Toews, Michelle L.; Wood, Leila G.
Youth & Society, v50 n3 p423-436 Apr 2018
The purpose of this study was to examine adolescent mothers' perceptions of how individuals within the schools viewed them and how those views shaped their educational experiences. The sample consisted of 83 primarily Hispanic adolescent mothers who participated in one of 19 semi-structured focus group interviews during the 2014-2015 school year. Although we did not specifically explore stigma, the adolescent mothers described feeling stigmatized by school personnel and their non-parenting classmates. They also discussed how school policies were not conducive to parenting. Based on the results, recommendations are provided that will help school personnel effectively meet the needs of this population by creating an atmosphere in which the students feel safe, supported, and are able to learn.
Descriptors: Early Parenthood, Social Bias, Pregnancy, Mothers, School Personnel, School Safety, Focus Groups, Semi Structured Interviews, Secondary School Students, Program Descriptions, Educational Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: HHS2011ACFOFAFM0193