Finding success : the role of social support in the lives of American teen mothers.
This study was designed to determine the influences of various types of social support on the life trajectories of teen mothers. In this study, I conducted semi-structured interviews with ten teen mothers regarding their support networks and the types of support they received. I particularly focused on emotional support, cognitive support, material support (both monetary and goods and services), and social network support. Framed by social reproduction theory, the concept of capital, and the importance of transformative assets, I determined that certain types of support, such as monetary material support, are more transformative for the future of a teen mother than others. These types of support tend to be offered by the families of middle-class teen mothers rather than lower-working class teen mothers, resulting in the disparity of outcomes. While other types of social support, such as emotional support, are also crucial to the daily life of a teen mother, they will not break the cycle of inequality as an experience such as attending college would.
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