How Do Mother's Who Were Pregnant as Teenagers Achieve Success?

The purpose of this research study is to explore how mothers who were pregnant as teenagers (ages 13-19) achieved success in their lives. In this study, the goal is to gain deeper insight on the experiences former teenage mothers faced and any challenges they had to overcome at such a young age. The method used to conduct this study was in-depth interviews with participants over the age of 18 years old. 8 former teen mothers participated in this study that were pregnant between the ages of 13-19. The results indicated that former teen mothers shared similar viewpoints of wanting to do better for their child and push through the stereotypes of being a teen mother. In addition, the results also signified that balancing work, school and motherhood for teen mothers was a challenging experience for them. This research is important for social work as it takes a closer look at the challenges and experiences of a teen mother and discloses the areas where they need the most support for a positive outcome.