Struggles Beyond the Stereotypes: An In-Depth Look at Pregnant and Parenting Teens Today.

TitleStruggles Beyond the Stereotypes: An In-Depth Look at Pregnant and Parenting Teens Today.
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsTovar, Elizabeth J.
Academic DepartmentLiberal Studies
Thesis AdvisorWarner, Rebecca
DegreeHonors Baccalaureate of Liberal Arts in Liberal Studies and the International Degree in Liberal Studies
Number of Pages100
Date Published08/2002
UniversityOregon State University
Thesis TypeUndergraduate
Keywordscomparison, family support, multicultural relationships, parenthood, teen pregnancy

This project is the result of a combined effort by my fellow researcher and photographer, Kimberly Ivancovich, and I. Together we set out to document the experiences of pregnant and parenting teens of Euro-American and Latino backgrounds. Through intensive discussion-based interviews and vivid photographs, stories of struggles and triumphs emerged. Additional research studying the history and social change involved in teen pregnancy rounded out this study of those often considered to be on the fringes of society.
Several themes emerged as the stories stood side-by-side including subjects such as familial support, education, economics and societal expectations. Between the two cultural groups several similarities and differences became apparent as did the unexpected issue of multicultural relationships. Finally, this project became one of self-discovery as I uncovered the answers to some of my own nagging questions regarding the stereotypes of teen pregnancy and parenthood.