What’s the Story? Views of Pregnant Teens in Qualitative Research

Jeane W. Anastas

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Despite declining birthrates, teen pregnancy is still seen as an “epidemic” centered among low-income young women of color. Professional, conservative, and social justice views of the “problem” vary greatly. This article reports on the first findings from a systematic review of qualitative studies from 1989 to 2014. Forty-one studies were identified, and the narratives in them varied. Variation in perspective was related to the profession of the study author and whether the author professed a feminist and critical race perspective. Findings inform theory, practice, and policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-170
Number of pages38
JournalAffilia - Journal of Women and Social Work
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2017


  • adolescent pregnancy
  • feminism
  • narratives
  • qualitative research
  • research synthesis
  • teen pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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