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Title: Mothers in the making : a qualitative longitudinal study exploring the journey of becoming and being a teenage mother
Author: Wenham, Aniela
ISNI:       0000 0004 2721 3284
Awarding Body: University of York
Current Institution: University of York
Date of Award: 2011
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Qualitative longitudinal research (QLR) has been described as an emerging and innovative methodology particularly adept at exploring the complex multifaceted nature of young people's lives. Adopting a qualitative longitudinal approach, this thesis explores young women's experiences of teenage pregnancy and motherhood. Highlighting the use and value of this methodology demonstrates the complexity of teenage pregnancy and motherhood, especially with regard to developments through time and how an individual narrative can unfold. By taking a holistic biographical approach this thesis also considers the role of 'critical moments' through time in defining and impacting upon young mother's transitions, identities and life chances. The value of focusing upon processes rather than simply outcomes can also help inform more receptive policy approaches. For instance, being able to grasp the significance of events and ascertain the causes and processes through time help ensure that policy initiatives correspond to the needs of service users. As the thesis will highlight, QLR should be viewed as a distinctive methodological approach that can provide unique and valuable insights into the processes attached to complex social phenomena and give weight to the lived experiences of young mothers. What makes this thesis an original contribution to the literature is how it views teenage pregnancy and motherhood as fluid and dynamic, moving away from the static snap shots that often depict young mothers as struggling, or even 'failing' (at one moment in time), to a more nuanced account that reflects their journeys into motherhood and changes through time.
Supervisor: Coles, Robert Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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