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


  • Dworsky, Amy
  • Meehan, Patrick


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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  • Dworsky, Amy & Meehan, Patrick, 2012. "The parenting experiences of homeless adolescent mothers and mothers-to-be: Perspectives from a shelter sample," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(10), pages 2117-2122.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:34:y:2012:i:10:p:2117-2122
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.07.004

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