The teenage pregnancy journey

Document type
Corporate author(s)
Community Links (Organisation)
Community Links
Date of publication
1 July 2011
Health Services, Children and Young People, Families
Social welfare
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This report presents research into Newham’s teenage parents and young parents’ social and emotional well-being needs and the related cultural issues amongst different demographic groups. The project used a participatory action research methodology. A small group of teenage and young parents were recruited and trained as peer researchers to shape the research design, conduct 15 interviews and support the analysis and recommendation development. Alongside this qualitative research two workshops were held with ten local professionals who work with teen/young parents to understand their perspectives and experiences of teen/young parents’ social and emotional needs and cultural issues.

The report finds that many of the challenges pregnant teens or teen parents face are similar to those faced by adults. The difference is that pregnant teens or young parents encounter more prejudiced and judgmental attitudes, and as a result have less access to a support network or services. Offering support services and building a network of family and friends for pregnant teens or teenage parents are important early intervention strategies to break the cycle of disenfranchisement of those who are most vulnerable and empower them to build a healthy and productive family.