Kate Butler, Prof Morag McArthur, Dr Gail Winkworth, Bronwyn Thomson, Renee Crowe
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
This qualitative project aimed to explore how becoming a mother affected the lives of young women and their families. As the social context for both young people and motherhood changed, there was a clear need to identify the experiences and needs of young mothers (aged under 25 years at the birth of their first child).
This project also sought to find out about the types of support young mothers received, from both family and friends and from formal services that designed to assist them, and aimed to find out what made it hard for young mothers to use services and how this could be improved.