Young people of minority ethnic origin in England and early parenthood: views from young parents and service providers.

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/29495
Title:
Young people of minority ethnic origin in England and early parenthood: views from young parents and service providers.
Authors:
Higginbottom, Gina Marie Awoko; Mathers, N.; Marsh, P.; Kirkham, M.; Owen, J.M.; Serrant-Green, Laura
Abstract:
The paper explores the phenomenon of early parenthood in minority ethnic communities in England. The data were collected using focus group interviews, in-depth semi-structured interviews and a telephone survey. The sample consisted of 139 participants (41 service providers, 10 grandmothers, 88 young parents). The findings map out the complexity and diversity of experience of early parenthood amongst young people of minority ethnic origin, not least the multiple attachments many experience in relation to their social groups, religious affiliations and the traditional patterns of parenting within their immediate and extended family. Both the young parents and professionals in this study constructed early parenthood in more positive terms than is currently portrayed in the contemporary policy. The findings are analysed and discussed in relation to ethnic identity, social inclusion and exclusion. We explore participants' attempts to counter negative 'deficit' models of early parenthood with reference to perspectives on youth, parenthood and contemporary strategic policy. In conclusion, we suggest an unambiguous focus on the reduction of pregnancy is not a credible message when teenage pregnancy is a social norm for a particular ethnic or cultural group. For young parents of Muslim faith in particular, teenage parenting within marriage is not necessarily considered a 'problem' or seen as a distinctive event. Most participants did not view early parenthood as a barrier to re-establishing career and educational aspirations. A wide diversity of experience amongst young parents is evidenced in the communities studied; this needs to be reflected more comprehensively both in UK policy and in support services.
Citation:
Social Science & Medicine, 63(4): 858-870
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Social Science & Medicine
Issue Date:
2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/29495
DOI:
10.1016/j.socscimed.2006.03.011
PubMed ID:
16678322
Additional Links:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6VBF-4JWFMP5-1&_user=1644469&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000054077&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=1644469&md5=0cc50d29089e931ae84df52b6117532b
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0277-9536
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHigginbottom, Gina Marie Awoko-
dc.contributor.authorMathers, N.-
dc.contributor.authorMarsh, P.-
dc.contributor.authorKirkham, M.-
dc.contributor.authorOwen, J.M.-
dc.contributor.authorSerrant-Green, Laura-
dc.date.accessioned2008-06-04T11:30:40Z-
dc.date.available2008-06-04T11:30:40Z-
dc.date.issued2006-
dc.identifier.citationSocial Science & Medicine, 63(4): 858-870en
dc.identifier.issn0277-9536-
dc.identifier.pmid16678322-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.socscimed.2006.03.011-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/29495-
dc.description.abstractThe paper explores the phenomenon of early parenthood in minority ethnic communities in England. The data were collected using focus group interviews, in-depth semi-structured interviews and a telephone survey. The sample consisted of 139 participants (41 service providers, 10 grandmothers, 88 young parents). The findings map out the complexity and diversity of experience of early parenthood amongst young people of minority ethnic origin, not least the multiple attachments many experience in relation to their social groups, religious affiliations and the traditional patterns of parenting within their immediate and extended family. Both the young parents and professionals in this study constructed early parenthood in more positive terms than is currently portrayed in the contemporary policy. The findings are analysed and discussed in relation to ethnic identity, social inclusion and exclusion. We explore participants' attempts to counter negative 'deficit' models of early parenthood with reference to perspectives on youth, parenthood and contemporary strategic policy. In conclusion, we suggest an unambiguous focus on the reduction of pregnancy is not a credible message when teenage pregnancy is a social norm for a particular ethnic or cultural group. For young parents of Muslim faith in particular, teenage parenting within marriage is not necessarily considered a 'problem' or seen as a distinctive event. Most participants did not view early parenthood as a barrier to re-establishing career and educational aspirations. A wide diversity of experience amongst young parents is evidenced in the communities studied; this needs to be reflected more comprehensively both in UK policy and in support services.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6VBF-4JWFMP5-1&_user=1644469&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000054077&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=1644469&md5=0cc50d29089e931ae84df52b6117532b-
dc.subjectMinority ethnic groupsen
dc.subjectEarly parenthooden
dc.subjectSocial exclusionen
dc.subjectUKen
dc.subjectEnglanden
dc.subjectYoung adults-
dc.subject.meshAdolescenten
dc.subject.meshAttitude of Health Personnelen
dc.subject.meshEnglanden
dc.subject.meshEthnic Groupsen
dc.subject.meshFemaleen
dc.subject.meshFocus Groupsen
dc.subject.meshHumansen
dc.subject.meshInterviews as Topicen
dc.subject.meshMaleen
dc.subject.meshMinority Groupsen
dc.subject.meshParentingen
dc.subject.meshParentsen
dc.subject.meshPregnancyen
dc.subject.meshPregnancy in Adolescenceen
dc.subject.meshPrejudiceen
dc.subject.meshSocial Isolationen
dc.titleYoung people of minority ethnic origin in England and early parenthood: views from young parents and service providers.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalSocial Science & Medicineen
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