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The parenting experiences of homeless adolescent mothers and mothers-to-be: Perspectives from a shelter sample

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  • Dworsky, Amy
  • Meehan, Patrick
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    This qualitative study explores the parenting experiences of 27 homeless youth who were pregnant, parenting or both. All were current or former residents of a shelter for adolescent mothers and mothers-to-be. Data from semi-structured interviews were used to examine their ideas about what it means to be a parent, the major challenges they face and how becoming a parent has changed their lives. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Children and Youth Services Review.

    Volume (Year): 34 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 10 ()
    Pages: 2117-2122

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:34:y:2012:i:10:p:2117-2122

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    Keywords: Homeless youth; Pregnant and parenting teens; Adolescent mothers;

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    1. Ensign, Jo & Gittelsohn, Joel, 1998. "Health and access to care: Perspectives of homeless youth in Baltimore City, U.S.A," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 47(12), pages 2087-2099, December.
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