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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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Leeds Metropolitan University
a focus group
A total of:
(Marshall and Rossman 2011, P. 210)
Aspirations and change
'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)
‘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)
‘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)
‘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)
Similarities / differences
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.