Adolescent Māori mothers experiences with social support during pregnancy, birth and motherhood and their participation in education
Rawiri, C. (2007). Adolescent Māori mothers experiences with social support during pregnancy, birth and motherhood and their participation in education (Thesis, Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc)). The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10289/2490
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The purpose of this research was to investigate the role of social support in helpingadolescent Māori mothers cope with pregnancy, birth and motherhood, with aparticular emphasis on its role in enabling them to continue at school. The aim of thisresearch is to understand and make sense of these experiences and to perhaps identifygaps within an individual's social network. The analysis and methodology of theresearch was underpinned by a community psychology framework.Nine interviews were conducted with young Māori women who had become pregnantand continued with their pregnancy, all before the age of 20. The in depth interviewsincluded questions focusing on the young women learning of pregnancy, thepregnancy, birth, caring for their child and their experiences with education and futureplans.Negative experiences were usually those which involved unsupportive people.Positive interactions were those where support, of all types, was offered and useful tomy participants and their children. Education was highlighted as the most effectiveway of providing a better life for adolescent mothers and their children.The research highlights the importance of social support and the continuation ofeducation. Combining the efforts of positive social networks and social supportservices can improve the lives of adolescent Māori mothers and their children.
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