This study utilized the perceptions of three teenage mothers who were successful in their pursuit of obtaining a high school diploma. Each of the participants had unique experiences in terms of their pregnancies and each represented a different ethnicity. Two of the participants were current students at the time of this study, and the third participant was an adult who graduated from the same high school over a decade earlier as a teen mother.
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether or not there were common traits among the teenage mothers who do not drop out of high school and do not fall behind in their endeavor to graduate from high school. Evidence was found that can be used by secondary institutions to combat the problem of high school dropout rates among teenage mothers. These teenage mothers became pregnant in the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades in high school.
Results from this study may give high schools a roadmap to determine how they can better recognize teen mothers who can be successful in the obtainment of a diploma and be better equipped to ensure the graduation of even more students who strive to be positive contributors to society.
|Advisor:||Shirley, J. Michael|
|Commitee:||Berrong, Marilyn, Hartlein, Teresa|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Georgia|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational psychology, Educational administration|
|Keywords:||Dropout prevention, Graduation, High school, Teen fathers, Teen mothers|
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