Contributing Factors to Older Teen Mothers’ Academic Success as Very Young Mothers

Jennifer Hernandez, Hazza M. Abu Rabia


This qualitative study explores the factors contributed to 13 older teen mothers’ academic success as very young mothers. The participants were older teen mothers who were pregnant and gave birth at the age of 16 years old or younger, and who have achieved a college degree from an accredited college or university while they raised their child(ren). In depth interviews were employed to document and analyze older teen mother experiences. One-on-one interviews with the participants revealed multiple factors assisted older teen mothers’ academic success, including family and other individuals support, teachers, early school attendance, personal drive, and responsibilities. While further research is needed, these findings suggest that developing holistic services for teen mothers is needed to assist in developing future academic success. A holistic approach includes mind, body and spirit (Arsenian, n.d.). These recommended services could be developed within existing programs and should include activities to promote self-awareness, health and some form of exploration of values, faith and family.

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