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Alternative Life Paths Among Adolescent Mothers: A Case Study in the Montréal Area


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Charbonneau, Johanne (2000). Alternative Life Paths Among Adolescent Mothers: A Case Study in the Montréal Area Working Paper. Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Montréal.

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Some authors see families resulting from a situation of adolescent pregnancy as more at risk of mistreating their children and more likely to endanger their children’s personal and social development than the average family (Buchholz and Korn-Bursztyn, 1993; Chase-Landsdale et al., 1991). Other authors emphasize the importance of protective factors, such as the existence of reliable support for parents and children in their social environment (Dubow and Luster, 1990; Unger and Cooley, 1992). Yet others underscore the fact that all adolescent pregnancies do not necessarily produce “problem” families (Brooks-Gunns and Furstenberg, 1986; Buchholz and Korn-Bursztyn, 1993). In fact, the underlying question is not solely that of risk or vulnerability. More generally, it is a matter of seeing how families manage to get through their early years when they start off without the basic personal resources to support their new family.Examination of these issues has led to our investigation of the pursuit of various life courses and life paths. Our study was based on some fairly simple questions: • Which adolescent mothers managed to “cope” after a period of time? • Which mothers still had major problems in their lives several years after the birth of their child? • What are the conditions that induce a mother to pursue one life path rather than another? This approach to the questions asked is essentially based on the idea that adolescent pregnancy represents a major disruption in a young woman’s life cycle.

Type de document: Monographie (Working Paper)
Informations complémentaires: Paper originally prepared for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, August 1998
Mots-clés libres: adolescent; adolescence; grossesse chez les adolescentes; cycle de la vie; famille; mère célibataire
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 12 nov. 2020 21:21
Dernière modification: 12 nov. 2020 21:21
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/9421

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