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The Maternal Socialization of Black Adolescent Mothers

Chishamiso T. Rowley
Race, Gender & Class
Vol. 9, No. 1, The Intersection of Race, Gender & Class in Social Service and Social Welfare (2002), pp. 168-184
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41675012
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

This qualitative research study examines the meaning of motherhood for African American adolescent mothers. The research focused on the context and content of maternal messages received by young African American females in a social service program. It contributes to the burgeoning body of empirical literature, which attempts to look more critically, subjectively and holistically at their maternal socialization experiences. The study concludes that while some adolescent mothers are able to find positive and self-affirming ways to express maternal identity, they continue to negotiate with negative and stigmatizing messages about themselves, some of which are conveyed by institutions with which they engage. Implications for service delivery, policy and program development are considered.

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