B.A., 2006, Sociology and Women’s Studies, University of Connecticut
M.A., 2008, Sociology, University of Connecticut
Ph.D., August 2013 (expected), Sociology, University of Connecticut
Crime, Law, and Deviance, Sex and Gender, Children and Youth, Race, Gender, and Class
“Tellin’ It Like It Is: Attitudes Towards and Experiences With Teenage Pregnancy and Parenthood”
Nancy Naples (chair), Simon Cheng, Bandana Purkayastha
Pregnant teenagers and teenage mothers have generated a steady barrage of literature in sociological and educational academic circles. Using a combination of qualitative research methods, including observations, interviews, and content analysis, my dissertation compares the experiences and perspectives of pregnant and mothering students from two different schools: the Rosewood Center and Bennett Falls High School, each of which have very distinct ways of organizing the pregnant/mothering students. Drawing upon Goffman’s notion of stigma and sympathetic others, I suggest that the design of any in-school program tackling teen pregnancy and teen motherhood hinges upon how the students are able to relate to one another while in the educational setting. Thus, the comparison of the students’ perceptions from two very different school programs is the major focus of this paper.
Jayme Schwartzman. 2010. “Residential School and Mothering/First Nations.” In The Encyclopedia of Motherhood. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Bandana Purkayastha and Jayme Schwartzman. 2010. “Mother-Work and the Work of Mothers: Contemporary Globalization and the Labour of Poor Women.” In Women’s Encounters With Globalization, edited by Samir Das Gupta. London: Frontpage Publications.