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Scirj Volume VI, Issue XI, November 2018 Edition
ISSN: 2201-2796

Back to School—Resilience among Student Mothers in Ghana: The case of Nkawkaw

Zariatu Ibrahim

Abstract: While the negative consequences of teenage pregnancy are well documented and widely discussed in the literature (Bonell, 2004, Harding, 2003, Oyedele et al. 2015) far less attention has been paid to girls who have successfully overcome the challenges associated with teen birth by going back to school after giving birth. This paper explores the protective factors that serve as a shock absorber of the risk factors which influence the resilience building process of young mothers in their decision to return to school after giving birth. Using the qualitative method of enquiry, purposive and snowball sampling techniques were adopted and an in-depth interview of 10 respondents were conducted and analyzed. The results show that student mothers’ main source of social and financial support is from their parents, the reason that influenced their resilience decision making is because they have higher aspirations. Factors such as financial difficulty, stigmatization, and lack of social support among others hindered the resilience building process. The conclusion is that for young mothers to develop resilience towards education, they need to receive financial and social support from significant others.

Reference this Paper: Back to School—Resilience among Student Mothers in Ghana: The case of Nkawkaw by Zariatu Ibrahim published at: "Scientific Research Journal (Scirj), Volume VI, Issue XI, November 2018 Edition, Page 68-73 ".

Search Terms: Resilience, Student Mothers, Teen birth, Ghana, Nkawkaw

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