Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Lois Bosch

Second Advisor

Laura Boisen

Third Advisor

Maureen Walsh


The purpose of this study was to explore what adolescent parents participating in the Supporting Teens and Empowering Parents (S.T.E.P.) program identify as practical program suggestions that they felt would enhance the value and interest level for adolescent parents participating in parenting programs. This study was founded on the strengths approach to program development, which focuses on the belief that the strengths and resources of people and their environment should be the primary focus in development. The qualitative research data was gathered through exploratory interviews with four adolescent parents who participated in the S.T.E.P. program. There were five interview topics, which included community resources, preparing children for school readiness, interest in health-related information, knowledge of child development, and social support. Three common themes were identified in this study. First, young mothers were interested in field trips where they could visit places and people that offered them assistance with their unique needs. Second, they suggested inviting speakers in that could answer questions they have regarding the health and development of their children. And lastly, they unanimously agreed that meeting with other young mothers provided them with positive support, encouragement and a much-needed break from the stresses of parenting during adolescence.


SC 11.MSW.2000.Rittgers.LA

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