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An Investigation into the Lived Experiences of Young Women who are also Mothers. Barry Fearnley Leeds Metropolitan University [email protected] Qualitative – mixed methods semi-structured interviews a focus group participant observation narrative approach.

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An investigation into the lived experiences of young women who are also mothers

An Investigation into the Lived Experiences of Young Women who are also Mothers

Barry Fearnley

Leeds Metropolitan University

[email protected]


An investigation into the lived experiences of young women who are also mothers

Qualitative –

mixed methods

semi-structured interviews

a focus group

participant observation

narrative approach


An investigation into the lived experiences of young women who are also mothers

  • Introductory meetings with project managers (all voluntary agencies)

  • During visits to projects, discussions with project workers, key workers, teachers, tutors

  • Three introductory sessions meeting young women


An investigation into the lived experiences of young women who are also mothers

  • Eighteen young women were interviewed

  • One focus group – 6 young women

  • Attendance at various groups over a four month period

    A total of:

  • 38 – young women who were mothers

  • 12 – expectant young women


An investigation into the lived experiences of young women who are also mothers

‘There is no substitute for intimate engagement with your data. Researchers should think of data as something to cuddle up with, embrace, and get to know better’

(Marshall and Rossman 2011, P. 210)


An investigation into the lived experiences of young women who are also mothers

Four key themes

Relationships

Stigma

Culture factors

Aspirations and change


An investigation into the lived experiences of young women who are also mothers

  • Relationships

  • Sub-themes  

  • Typical day - ‘a day in the life of …’

  • Time with their children

  • Enjoyable experiences of motherhood

  • Sometimes it is hard being a mother

  • Relationship with the child’s father / partner

  • Family support

  • Relationship with friends


An investigation into the lived experiences of young women who are also mothers

  • Relationships

    'watching them sleep, like I know you might think that’s being horrible, but when you see them asleep I can’t believe I’ve made that myself, I can’t believe I’ve brought them up, so that’s the best bit about being a mum yea, watching them grow up and seeing them when they are happy you know, when they’re in their element you know, it’s like I don’t know, I just like to see them happy, it’s a right weird feeling it’s like, it’s like a little butterfly feeling inside’

     Jessica (19 years old)


An investigation into the lived experiences of young women who are also mothers

  • Stigma

    ‘when I got pregnant at sixteen all I got was you’re a slag for

    having a kid at a young age and I was like why am I a slag

    because I was with is his dad for two years’

    Roxie (18 years old)

    ‘there were somebody, same age as me, and she slept with about a

    million times more people than me, I’ve only been with one person

    which is my baby’s dad, and she tried to say that I was a slapper and

    all this and that like I said that’s rich coming from you, you don’t know

    how to pull your knickers up, like people think they can call you a slag

    cos you’ve got a baby but I’ve only been with one person and I’m still

    with him and they’ve been with like one hundred people’

    Mother (16 years old)


An investigation into the lived experiences of young women who are also mothers

  • Culture factors

    ‘I couldn’t live without my [mobile] phone’

    Phoebe (16 years old)

    ‘on a night I bath him, feed him and put him to bed, after that it is my time I usually go on Facebook to talk to my mates’

    Gina (16 years old)

    ‘I used to be on most on all of time but I found it was a waste of time I’m busy with my baby since I have my baby I have no time for Facebook’

    Reeta (19 years old)


An investigation into the lived experiences of young women who are also mothers

  • Aspirations and change

    ‘it changed me for the better, like I got pregnant very young, I was in year 10 just starting doing GCSEs and before that I was not that bothered about school but then because I got pregnant I got like started knuckling down and got really good grades thanks to her, cause if not I wouldn’t have done and not got into college either’  

    Siobhan (17 years old)


An investigation into the lived experiences of young women who are also mothers

Existing research

Current study

Similarities / differences

Next steps


References

References

Attride-Stirling, J. (2001) Thematic network: an

analytic tool for qualitative research, Qualitative

Research, 1(3): 385-405.

Marshall, C. and Rossman, G. B. (2011) Designing

Qualitative Research (Fifth Edition), London: Sage.


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