Peer support and the self-identity of the unmarried mother : a study of the influence of the support of the friendship group on the self-identity of the adolescent unmarried mother

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dc.contributor.advisor Veino, Grace
dc.contributor.advisor Christiansen-Ruffman, Linda
dc.coverage.spatial Nova Scotia
dc.creator O'Neil, Catherine Maureen
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:32:08Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:32:08Z
dc.date.issued 1969
dc.identifier.other HV700.5 O53
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22468
dc.description iv, 73 leaves ; 29 cm.
dc.description Online version unavailable; print version available from Patrick Power Library.
dc.description.abstract This study was part of a joint study, undertaken by three students of the 1969 class of the Maritime School of Social Work, to determine the nature of the self-identity of the adolescent unmarried mother. This individual thesis is concerned with the influence of the support and non-support of the friendship group on the nature of the self-identity during pregnancy. During the period from December 17, 1968 to January 17, 1969, fifteen cases were selected from the adolescent unmarried mothers who were attending the Pre-Natal Clinic at the Grace Maternity Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A semi-structured interview with the use of a questionnaire was the method by which data were collected. Coding methods were designed for the analyses of data and a 2x2 contingency table was used to demonstrate the possible correlation. In this study, it was found that sixty percent of the respondents had a positive self-identity and a supportive friendship group while forty percent of the girls had a negative self-identity and a non-supportive friendship group. Since the correlation was very weak, given the small size of the sample, the results therefore were inconclusive. Further examination of the data showed that parental and religious support was present to some degree which may possibly have affected the nature of the self-identity. The age of the unmarried mother was also seen to have influenced the self-identity. This study recommended that further research be carried out in this area.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HV700.5
dc.subject.lcsh Unmarried mothers -- Nova Scotia -- Halifax
dc.subject.lcsh Teenage mothers -- Nova Scotia -- Halifax
dc.subject.lcsh Self-perception
dc.title Peer support and the self-identity of the unmarried mother : a study of the influence of the support of the friendship group on the self-identity of the adolescent unmarried mother
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Social Work
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Social Work Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
thesis.degree.grantor Maritime School of Social Work


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