chapter  9
Contemporary young motherhood
Global perspectives of everyday experiences
ByBarry Fearnley
Pages 15

This chapter presents the findings from a small-scale study undertaken in a city in the north of England. It examines the social construction of young motherhood and presents an overview of the study's methods and methodology, and the findings from the four key themes. The chapter focuses on the findings from one of the key themes in order to illustrate the experiences of the young women, in addition to drawing on international research to compare and contrast their experiences. It explains the findings and making recommendations for both policy and practice. Understanding teenage mothers requires an exploration of when 'teenage mothers' or 'young motherhood' first became prominent. In order to capture the young women's everyday experiences, they were asked to describe a day that encapsulated everyday life – 'a day in the life'. Many stated that the children's fathers made life complicated, describing the father's behaviour as being controlling at times.