Contemporary young motherhood: experiences of hostility

Fearnley, B. ORCID: 0000-0002-0840-8081, 2018. Contemporary young motherhood: experiences of hostility. Journal of Children's Services. ISSN 1746-6660

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the hostility many young women who are also mothers experience within their everyday lives.

Design/methodology/approach: The paper will draw on qualitative research, incorporating a narrative approach, to illustrate the hostility many young mothers experience on a daily basis. The research design included a focus group, semi-structure interviews and participant observations.

Findings: The paper reports the findings of a study that explored the experiences of young women who are also mothers. The author presents the findings that indicate that many young women, who are also young mothers, experience hostile reactions and interactions as part of their everyday lives.

Research limitations/implications: The small sample size means that this study cannot be generalised, but it does contribute to the growing body of qualitative evidence in relation to young mothers.

Practical implications: The findings suggest that there needs to be more recognition and acknowledgement of the hostility young women experience. Such hostility could have deleterious consequences on the young women, their parenting ability and also on the children.

Originality/value: This paper documents the experiences of young women who are also mothers and how they experience hostility as a daily occurrence. The hostility ranged from verbal to non-verbal and how they felt they were being treated, inferences about their sexuality to stereotyping.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Children's Services
Creators: Fearnley, B.
Publisher: Pier Professional
Date: 2018
ISSN: 1746-6660
Rights: © Emerald Publishing Limited 2018
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 28 Aug 2018 10:55
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2018 10:57

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