Educational Administration, Department of


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Journal of Women in Educational Leadership. Vol. 1. No. 1-January 2003. ISSN: 1541-6224


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Multi-case study methodology was used to explore the experiences of five women from five different decades who became pregnant as unmarried teens. This historical view was developed by interviewing paI1icipants about family. social. and cultural contexts in which the event occurred. A clearer understanding of teen pregnancy resulted when the participants' stories were triangulated with decade literature. Four themes emerged: How They Got There. What Followed. Lifelong Impact, and Literature Over Time. The study supported the need for families and communities to engage in meaningful dialogue with their youth and to implement strategies that foster primary prevention of teen pregnancy. In addition. further research is needed on the outcomes of programs established to prevent teen pregnancy and on the relationship between environmental support and personal resilience of women who experience this event.