Teen Parents: Examining the Influences of ‘Place’ on their Social Inequalities
Teen parenting is associated with long term, insurmountable obstacles to the young parents’ educational status and employability, maintaining them and their child/ren in multi-faceted cycles of disadvantage. This paper will identify strengths and capacities of young parents vs. personal inadequacies and vulnerabilities that enhance/impede person-environment connections that will facilitate/adversely affect social inclusion prospects. In addition the influences of ‘place’ (neighbourhoods) that determine young parents’ adaptive/ defeating decision-making and subsequent chances in life will be explored along with barriers that preclude young parents from returning to education and training, necessary for them to break the cycle of social disadvantages that accrue for themselves and their offspring.
Keywords: Teen Parents, Social Inequalities, Cycles of Disadvantage, Importance of ‘Place’
Ms Meredith McIntyre
Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Monash University
Meredith is experienced in research supervision of students undertaking honours, minor thesis and research masters. Chair of the midwifery research group, research interests and activities include, over the counter and herbal preparation use in pregnancy, sustainable models of maternity care in rural areas, intellectual disability and maternity care experience, teen pregnancy, breastfeeding outcomes and issues pertaining to postnatal care services.
Prof Carol Morse