Taking Responsability: An Insider View of Teen Motherhood

Taking Responsability: An Insider View of Teen Motherhood

Taking Responsability: An Insider View of Teen Motherhood

Taking Responsability: An Insider View of Teen Motherhoods

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Référence bibliographique [6940]

Rains, Prue, Davies, Linda et McKinnon, Margaret. 1998. «Taking Responsability: An Insider View of Teen Motherhood ». Families in Society, vol. 79, no 3, p. 308-319.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«We examine how the issue of responsibility arose for teen mothers in the context of their considerations about: (a) their relationship with the father of their child, (b) motherhood and support from their families, and (c) work and welfare. » (p. 309)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
16 mothers: 9 were teen mothers who gave birth to their first child when they were younger than twenty years old; 4 mothers were younger than eighteen years when they gave birth. The others were older than twenty when they gave birth.

Instruments :
Semistructured Interviews

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


« The issue of responsability looms large in the public discourse about teen mothers themselves. This article draws on exploratory interviews with teen mothers to contrast their inside with outsider views about what taking responsability for the baby entails, to show the context in which their view make sense, and to argue that outsider views be revised to take into account these insider considerations. Outsiders recommend measures to hold fathers financially accountable for their children, to make teen mothers live with a parent, and to make teens mothers work rather than assistance from welfare. From the perspective of teen mothers, however, taking responsability for the baby often means avoiding rather than seeking financial dependance on unreliable fathers of the baby, claiming rather than delegating their role as mothers, and staying on welfare rather than working at an unreliable job. » (p. 308)