Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The road to resiliency: An investigation of the experiences of Latino teenage parents
by Danks, Erin F., Ed.D., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 184; 10118905
Abstract (Summary)

In 2013, there were approximately 273,000 babies born to teenage mothers between the ages of 15-19. The Latino teenage parent population has the highest percentages of births nationally, statewide, and within Los Angeles county borders. Teenage parents are often dismissed, overlooked, and provided little to no support or resources. There has been a great deal of research conducted on teenage pregnancy and prevention programs that have primarily focused on abstinence, birth control, and Planned Parenthood programs. However, there is still a gap in how society provides meaningful and supportive programs to assist teenage parents.

This qualitative study used an interview design methodology to explore the experiences of Latino teenage parents. It is founded on the combination of the Shame Resiliency Theory (SRT) and William Bridges’ Transition Model; they serve as lenses to examine the experiences of Latino teenage parents and their potential for resiliency.

The findings in this study confirm that Latino teenage parents navigate through three stages of development. The sixteen participants in this study reported experiencing stages such as anticipation, adjustment, and planning their future. Throughout the study, many of the teenage parents experienced anxiety, and shame, on the one hand as well as an increased sense of belonging, and changes in their relationships. Recommendations focus on creating elements that will develop resilient characteristics and qualities in teenage parents and develop relationships with those who have a connection with their educational achievements. A safe and secure environment is likely to invite teenage parents to make connections with those who genuinely are interested in assisting them to succeed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Slater, Charles L.
Commitee: Bodger, Cheryl L., Deegan, Allison, Scott, James W.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 77/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education, Psychology, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Belonging, Family, Latino, Resiliency, Shame, Teenage parents
Publication Number: 10118905
ISBN: 978-1-339-80222-0
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