Research

Young Parents Project

Summary: Many interventions intended to address the needs of young parents focus on individual-level factors (e.g., enhancing knowledge regarding parenting). While these are important, they do not adequately account for the influence of social context (e.g., ageist social relations that stereotype young parents and their children; gendered power relations) and structural inequalities (e.g., unemployment or income generation opportunities; poverty). The study includes ethnographic fieldwork and interviews with 150 young mothers living in Prince George or Vancouver (British Columbia), as well as socially significant people in young mothers lives (e.g., biological fathers of young mothers’ children; step-parents; grandparents). The research also examines the experiences of service providers and community leaders who are engaged in interventions to address early-age parenthood.  

Research Objectives: The Young Parents Study documents mothers’ and fathers’ experiences and makes recommendations regarding novel health, education and social service delivery and policy interventions to better address their needs.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jean Shoveller

Key Team Members: Cathy Chabot; Anna Carson; Caroline Mniszak; Dr. Devon Greyson

Funder: Canadian Institutes of Health Research