A Phenomenological Study: The Lived Experience of Teen Mothers Who Graduated From High School and Attended or Completed College
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to (1) explore the lived experience of teen mothers who graduated from high school and attended or completed college and (2) discover the school factors that contributed to their academic success. The goal was that in discovering the "essence" of participants' experience, findings might provide insight into how to increase the graduation rate for teen mothers. The research question that guided this study was the following: What is the lived experience of teen mothers who graduated from high school and attended or completed college, and what are the school factors that contributed to their academic success? The findings revealed that the participants experienced (1) a feeling of accomplishment, (2) a struggle balancing school and work with being the best mother, (3) difficulty paying for daycare in college, (4) a dilemma deciding whether to go to a local college or to go away, (5) feeling judged for being a teen mother, (6) a lot of support, and (7) some non-support. The findings regarding the structure of the participants' experience or how they graduated from high school and attended or completed college was (1) a supportive female family role model, (2) faith in God, (3) supportive school personnel (teachers, principal, school nurse), (4) teen parenting programs/classes that provided daycare assistance in high school and that extended through college, (5) their children (who motivated them), and (6) self-determination and/or wanting to redeem themselves. Based on these findings, there are implications for practice, research and public policy. One recommendation is that schools partner with community resources to offer parenting programs that provide assistance with daycare and that extend through completion of college.
PREGNANT AND PARENTING TEENSTEEN MOTHERSTEEN PREGNANCYTITLE IXURBAN EDUCATION
Curriculum & Instruction
Starker, TehiaHancock, StephenO'Brien, Christopher
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2013.
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