Young motherhood: the lived experiences of mothers aged eighteen to twenty-five - an Australian context

Powell, Zalia, and Harris, Nonie (2013) Young motherhood: the lived experiences of mothers aged eighteen to twenty-five - an Australian context. In: Ponnuswami, Ilango, Francis, Abraham P., and Harris, Nonie, (eds.) Scientific Writing and Publishing in Social Work. Niruta Publications, Bangalore, India, pp. 152-167.

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Abstract

In Australia young motherhood is a controversial 'issue' that divides opinions, challenges societal paradigms and defines the women who experience it. This chapter presents the findings of a qualitative research study which had three key aims; to explore motherhood as experienced by women aged eighteen to twenty-five within an Australian context, to seek the opinions of young mothers on suggestions for social work practice and to contribute to the evidence based research that informs social work practice. The following themes emerged from the young women's stories; good mother discourses, age and motherhood, choice, joys and successes, struggles, stigma, support, isolation and regrets. These research findings contributes to evidence based social work practice with young mothers and promotes further research into the subjective experiences of mothers.

Item ID: 30506
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-81-923326-2-8
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2013 05:32
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940112 Families and Family Services @ 100%
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