Factors influencing perceptions of teenage motherhood among girls in residential care

TitleFactors influencing perceptions of teenage motherhood among girls in residential care
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsZárate Alva, N, Arnau-Sabatés, L, Sala-Roca, J
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Work
Keywordsgirls in care, Residential care, Teenage motherhood

The aim of this research is to analyze the cognitive, affective and cultural factors involved in adolescent motherhood among girls in residential care. Using this specific country example, the study also seeks to analyze if the influence of these factors is the same for girls in residential care and girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. A semi-structured interview was conducted with 54 girls distributed across three groups: 18 girls from two residential care homes, 18 girls from a secondary school (normative group) and 18 girls from disadvantaged families. A content qualitative analysis was used. The main results show that girls in care have a positive perception on teenage motherhood, they become sexually active before other girls not in care and they are less likely to use contraceptive methods. Also their life priorities are based on motherhood and having a partner rather than career expectations. Some implications in order to prevent teenage and unplanned pregnancies are highlighted.

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