Capstone/Dissertation Title

The school's role in supporting pregnant and parenting Latina students

Term

2012

Capstone

Thesis

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MAT

Abstract

This capstone seeks to discover ways that teachers can support their pregnant and parenting student population. Teen pregnancy and parenthood is an especially relevant issue for the Latino community and, in Minnesota, teen pregnancy rates within this group are high. Although various program models exist that seek to address pregnant and parenting teens, it is unclear which is the most impactive. The research consisted of interviewing three young Latinas, all of whom experienced being pregnant in high school. Each subject participated in a school program meant to support pregnant and parenting students. Allowing her subjects' words to dictate the results of her research, the author found that a pregnant or parenting teen's needs are unique in each area of her development. These students require not only academic support, but also physical, emotional, and social support from their school.

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