Constructing Resilience: Adolescent Motherhood and the Process of Self-Transformation

  • Andrea V. Breen
  • Kate C. McLean
Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)


Teenage pregnancy poses real risks to positive developmental outcomes. Indeed, longitudinal research suggests that, for young mothers, these risks include inadequate educational attainment, entrenchment in poverty, unstable romantic relationships, and elevated risk of depression; while for the children of adolescent mothers, risks include poor attachment relationships, low IQ scores, language delays, school-related problems, emotional and behavioral problems, and abuse and neglect (Furstenberg, Brooks-Gunn, & Morgan,1987; Hotz, McElroy, & Sanders,1997; Whitman, Borkowski, Keogh, & Weed,2001;). However, by no means does teenage pregnancy inevitably doom young mothers and their children to poor developmental outcomes.


Antisocial Behavior Criminal Behavior Teenage Pregnancy Life Story Young Mother 
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This chapter is based on research supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, A Gift of Time Dissertation Grant from the Association for Moral Education, and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship to the first author. We thank Mary Louise Arnold, Avril Thorne, Kyle Matsuba, and Thiago Kurtz for their very thoughtful comments on an earlier version of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ontario Institute for Studies in EducationUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Western Washington University BellinghamBellinghamUSA

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