MÈRES ADOLESCENTES EN ANGLETERRE ET EN ÉCOSSE : MYTHES ET RÉALITÉS, LA PAROLE DES MÈRES

Abstract : Britain is the Western European country which has got the highest rate of teenage pregnancies. It is considered to be a social or a public health problem. The stereotypical viewpoint that teenage mothers are a homogeneous group is wrong. Teenage mothers are not a unitary group and the qualitative study based on a sample of seventy eight first-hand accounts of English and Scottish teenage mothers or pregnant young women points to their heterogeneity, in part expressed through geographical variations. Giving a voice to these young mums is the primary aim of this research. Then, by comparing the insiders' views with scientific literature through systematic discourse analysis, the study demonstrates that, even though teenage mothers express positive and life-enhancing attitudes to motherhood, they lack what they need most in terms of support and back-up, encouragements, money and social network to name a few. Numerous fields of pregnancy and motherhood are explored throughout the thesis, some of them have been unaddressed or unaccounted for so far, owing to the sensitivity of the theme. Myths and misconceptions surrounding teenage pregnancy and teenage mothers are deconstructed and true to life facts are exposed, in the hope of changing the negative perception of the phenomenon and teenage mothers themselves
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Linguistics. Université Rennes 2, 2007. French


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Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq. MÈRES ADOLESCENTES EN ANGLETERRE ET EN ÉCOSSE : MYTHES ET RÉALITÉS, LA PAROLE DES MÈRES. Linguistics. Université Rennes 2, 2007. French. <tel-00267568>

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