Practising care in teenage mother support groups

Kyla Ellis-Sloan

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This article draws on two qualitative research projects with teenage parents and examines their use of support groups. It argues that group-based programmes such as the ones discussed here convey particular advantages in providing support for young parents which may not be possible in a one-to-one context. These include peer learning, the development of friendships as a form of social support and respite. The article argues, however, that for these potentials to be realised, an underpinning ethic of care is required. Using Joan Tronto’s four phases of care (caring about, caring for, caregiving and care receiving) and their concomitant elements (attentiveness, responsibility, competence and responsiveness) the practices of the group leaders in providing support are analysed. The article concludes by arguing that ‘writing in’ an ethic of care approach to policies designed to support teenage parents would be beneficial for service provision.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalCritical Social Policy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2015


  • Ethic of care
  • peer support
  • social support
  • teenage parenting


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