Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2018

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Social Work

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Mustapha Alhassan, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Richard Lyle, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Therthenia Lewis, Ph.D.

Abstract

This study examines the relationship between school support, family support, community support, teen parenting programs and postsecondary education among teen mothers in North Carolina. The sample consisted of 212 participants who became teen mothers between the ages of 13-19 and have since attained postsecondary education. The variables used for the study included the following: school support, family support, community support, teen parenting programs, resilience, and mentoring. The research employed a 33-item, five-point Likert scale questionnaire. Explanatory design was utilized to create the study. Purposive and snowball sampling was utilized to gather the data. The findings of the study, overall, indicates that majority of the participants believe that school support, family support, community support, teen parenting programs, resilience, and mentoring helped them to attain postsecondary education.

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