© 2010

Surviving Teenage Motherhood

Myths and Realities


Part of the Studies in Childhood and Youth book series (SCY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Helen Stapleton
    Pages 1-13
  3. Helen Stapleton
    Pages 14-33
  4. Helen Stapleton
    Pages 75-109
  5. Helen Stapleton
    Pages 110-136
  6. Helen Stapleton
    Pages 202-210
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 211-241

About this book


This book explores the experiences of pregnant teenagers, their partners, and midwives, from pregnancy realisation through the early years of motherhood. It examines changing attitudes to female sexuality and moral discourses on adolescent subjectivity especially as these pertain to teenage motherhood.


childhood female sex morality

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Catholic University & Mater Mothers’ HospitalsAustralia

About the authors

HELEN STAPLETON is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia. A qualified midwife, she previously worked in both public and private sectors. Her research interests, and publications, focus on motherhood and parenting cultures, sexuality and reproduction, and body image and identity. Helen is a member of various professional organisations and a former board member of the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth, University of Sheffield, UK.  

Bibliographic information


'In this timely and original book, Helen Stapleton provides a compelling account of the lives of teenage mothers. She puts the young women centre stage, drawing on interviews and observations to describe their everyday worlds and relationships with parents, partners and health professionals. Surviving Teenage Motherhood is an engaging book, rich in insight for social scientists and for health care providers.' - Professor Hilary Graham, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, UK